Dallas 40, San Francisco 10: Disaster Averted
The Dallas Cowboys have had success jumping out to leads this season, including a 17-6 lead over the L.A. Rams and a 21-6 lead over the Green Bay Packers.
Of course, Dallas won neither of those games.
So when the Cowboys jumped out to a 20-3 lead at San Francisco on Sunday, it was not time to exhale. Even with the Cowboys facing a rookie quarterback in C.J. Beathard, this Cowboy defense has not given anyone reason to express confidence.
Even worse: the Cowboys kicker during the second half would be safety Jeff Heath, thanks to a groin injury suffered by Dan Bailey. Thus, if the 49ers had made the game close, the Cowboys would have had to turn to a former high school kicker for some of its points.
The 49ers drove into field-goal range on the first drive of the second half but then decided to go for it on 4th and 4 from the Dallas 28. The attempt failed.
Dallas turned around and ran a screen pass from Dak Prescott to Zeke Elliott, and the play went 72 yards for a touchdown. On top of that play, Heath hit the extra point.
Thus, no worries.
Elliott was unstoppable on Sunday, gaining 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns in addition to his 72-yard touchdown on the reception.
Dez Bryant scored. Jason Witten made an awesome one-handed grab to score his third touchdown of the season. And the Dallas defense shut down Beathard and the 49ers for nearly the entire game, recording five sacks and three turnovers.
The 3-3 Cowboys travel to Washington to face the Redskins next Sunday.