LISTEN: 49ers Smell Revenge With 94 WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks →
placeholder image

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers Open the Preseason With a Sloppy 17-9 Win Over the Cowboys

Bret Rumbeck
Aug 10, 2019 at 9:26 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
DAL 6 3 0 0 9
SF 0 7 0 10 17

Earlier in the week, San Francisco 49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan noted he'd prefer having just two preseason games to evaluate players. His comments foreshadowed an injury-laden game.

The 49er injuries started early in the game when tackle Shon Coleman was carted off the field with an ankle injury. Coleman was seeing his first live-action since the end of the 2017 season.

During an in-game interview, general manager John Lynch said that wide receiver Trent Taylor had surgery on a broken foot. Lynch noted the team expects Taylor to be back during the regular season.

In the post-game press conference, Shanahan said the surgery allows the injury to last four-to-six weeks, rather than eight-to-10.

Despite the injuries and 18 49er penalties for 216 yards, fans were treated to a sloppy San Francisco 49ers' preseason victory.

"Anytime you have a game where you have 18 penalties and the other team has five, you should look at it hard, and it's very hard to win that way," said Shanahan.

Quarterback Nick Mullens started for the 49ers behind an offensive line made up of second- and third-team players.

Veteran Wesley Johnson started at center in place of Weston Richburg, who is still listed on the physically unable to perform list.

Starting in place of guards Laken Tomlinson and Mike Person were left guard Daniel Brunskill and right guard Najee Toran. Sixth-round draft pick Justin Skule got the start at right tackle.

Toran left the game in the fourth quarter with a hand injury.

Mullens played the entire first half, finishing his day 11-for-17, 105 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He threw the interception on the 49ers' third possession.

Running back Brandon Wilds also saw action against Dallas, just hours after tendering a one-year deal with the 49ers. Wilds spent the 2016 training camp with Shanahan in Atlanta, though did not make the final cut.

Wilds had a long run up the middle, which set up a Jalen Hurd touchdown catch just before the five-minute mark in the second quarter. He finished the evening with six carries for 28 yards.

Third-year quarterback C.J. Beathard started the second half. His first possession was plagued by a handful of penalties, forcing the 49ers to punt at the 10-minute mark.

Later in the third quarter, he threw an interception to Dallas safety Donovan Wilson.

However, Beathard found Samuel running a vertical route up the left sideline with 1:30 left in the third quarter. The play gained 45-yards and set up Hurd's second touchdown catch of the game.

Shanahan was excited for Hurd's two-touchdown performance, and for capitalizing on opportunities.

"I thought both of them made some good plays, but I thought each one of them had a very bad play," said Shanahan. "I thought they threw a pick that was pretty easy to see. On Nick, the backside linebacker got it in zone, and for CJ a robber safety came down and got him. After that, I thought both of them played pretty well, and under a lot of duress, too."

Quarterback Wilton Speight took over for Beathard with roughly 7 minutes left in the game. On the previous series, Beathard took a big hit and got up from the turf shaking his hand. Shanahan confirmed Beathard hurt his thumb on the play.

Speight led a short drive which resulted in a 53-yard field goal from Robbie Gould.

Shanahan noted that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would play next week, and Beathard would play before Mullens.

The 49ers' offense racked up 340 total yards, with 89 yards on the ground and 251 yards in the air.

Samuel finished the night with two catches for 61 yards, and Hurd had three catches on five targets. He had 31 yards and two touchdowns.

"The game is not too big for Deebo," said Shanahan. "He's very competitive, he's a good wide receiver, and he's one of the more physical guys out there."

It was the same story for the defense, entering the game with few of the projected starters on the field.

Dallas was without the two-time rushing yards leader Ezekiel Elliot, allowing the 49ers to hold Dallas to 55 rushing yards.

Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw notched three tackles in a row during the Cowboys' first possession. In the second quarter, he drew a roughing the passer flag but followed it up with a textbook tackle-for-loss.

"He (Greenlaw) always seems to be around the ball in the run game and the pass game," said Shanahan. "From what I saw, he made a few plays out there, and I'm sure I'll see a little more when I watch the tape. It seemed pretty encouraging how he played tonight."

Greenlaw finished the game with five tackles, including one for a loss.

Late in the third quarter, defensive back Antone Exum Jr. strip-sacked Dallas quarterback Mike White, and the ball was recovered by 49er defensive lineman Jamell Garcia-Williams.

Unfortunately, the 49ers were flagged for an illegal contact penalty, nullifying the turnover.

Shortly after, safety Adrian Colbert was ejected from the game for a hit to a defenseless receiver.

Shanahan was asked about Colbert's hit after the game.

"We just gotta learn from it," said Shanahan. "I saw it live and it did seem like his helmet hit his chest and he led with his helmet, which is a penalty. It's unfortunate he got ejected. I know his intent - it's a bang-bang play, and he's playing fast and trying to stop them on third down. By no means is he trying to do that. But it's tough to run that fast and tackle people and keep your head back.

"We gotta learn from it, we gotta coach it, but it was tough for him to get ejected there."

The 49ers' defense finished strong, despite the multiple penalties. Halfway through the fourth quarter, 49er linebacker LaRoy Reynolds stripped the ball from White, which was recovered by Damontre Moore.

Dallas was able to reach deep into 49er territory and threatened to score, but the 49ers' defense shut Dallas down on four straight goal-to-go situations.

The 49ers have a few days off before traveling to Denver to hold a series of joint practices with the Broncos. Both teams face off on Monday, August 19 at 5 pm PDT.

DAL Team Stats SF
20 First Downs 18
294 Total Yards 339
239 Pass Yards 251
55 Rush Yards 88
5 (59) Penalties (Yds) 18 (216)
1 Turnovers 2
5 (41) Punts (Avg) 6 (42)
26:26 Time of Pos. 33:34

Cowboys Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
C. Rush 16/26 142 0 0
M. White 9/20 87 0 0
D. Prescott 4/4 23 0 0
Rushing Att Yds TDs Lg
M. Weber 6 18 0 9
D. Jackson 6 16 0 9
T. Pollard 4 16 0 6
J. Chunn 2 5 0 4
Receiving Rec Yds TDs Lg
B. Jarwin 4 51 0 33
D. Smith 3 54 0 20
C. Wilson 3 36 0 15
J. Johnson 3 30 0 18
J. Chunn 3 7 0 4
C. McElroy 2 24 0 15
M. Gallup 2 19 0 16
J. Guyton 2 14 0 9
D. Schultz 2 13 0 8
M. Weber 2 -5 0 0
T. Austin 1 5 0 5
D. Jackson 1 5 0 5
D. Prescott 1 -1 0 -1
Fumbles Fum Lost Rec Yds
M. White 1 1 0 0
Kicking FG Lg XP Pts
B. Maher 3/4 40 0/0 9
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
K. Redfern 4 49.3 1 62
C. Jones 1 38 0 38
Kickoff Returns No Avg TDs Lg
D. Jackson 1 24 0 24
R. Davis 1 21 0 21
C. Wilson 1 15 0 15
Punt Returns No Avg TDs Lg
R. Davis 1 17 0 17
C. Wilson 1 8 0 8
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
Cr. Covington 4-1 0 0 0
J. Phillips 4-1 0 0 0
J. Jackson 4-0 0 0 0
G. Iloka 3-1 0 0 0
R. Walker 3-0 0 0 0
M. Jackson 3-0 0 0 0
D. Thompson 2-1 0 0 0
L. Gifford 2-0 0 1 0
K. Frazier 2-0 0 0 0
N. Hall 2-0 0 0 0
T. Powell 1-1 0 0 0
C. Covington 1-1 0 0 0
J. Jelks 1-0 1 0 0
C. Awuzie 1-0 0 0 0
D. Olumba 1-0 0 0 0
D. Wilson 1-0 0 1 0
J. Heath 1-0 0 0 0
J. Smith 1-0 0 0 0
J. Lewis 1-0 0 0 0
A. Brown 1-0 0 0 0
L. Vander Esch 1-0 0 0 0
C. Goodwin 1-0 0 0 0
D. Armstrong 1-0 0 0 0
J. March-Lillard 1-0 0 0 0
J. Showers 1-0 0 0 0
D. Ross 0-1 0 0 0
X. Woods 0-1 0 0 0
S. Soto 0-1 0 0 0

49ers Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
C. Beathard 13/17 141 1 1
N. Mullens 11/17 105 1 1
W. Speight 2/3 10 0 0
Rushing Att Yds TDs Lg
A. Walter 13 38 0 10
B. Wilds 7 29 0 15
D. Samuel 1 14 0 14
R. Mostert 3 8 0 6
W. Speight 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving Rec Yds TDs Lg
R. James 6 31 0 12
A. Walter 5 32 0 9
J. Hurd 3 31 2 20
D. Samuel 2 61 0 45
T. Mayfield 2 12 0 7
S. Poindexter 2 12 0 6
R. Dwelley 1 21 0 21
K. Smith 1 17 0 17
K. Bourne 1 14 0 14
J. Matthews 1 12 0 12
L. Toilolo 1 9 0 9
B. Wilds 1 4 0 4
Fumbles Fum Lost Rec Yds
A. Al-Shaair 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG Lg XP Pts
R. Gould 1/1 53 2/2 5
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
M. Wishnowsky 6 49.5 3 64
Kickoff Returns No Avg TDs Lg
R. James 1 25 0 25
Punt Returns No Avg TDs Lg
R. James 1 10 0 10
D. Pettis 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
M. Harris 5-0 0 0 0
D. Greenlaw 5-0 0 0 0
L. Reynolds 4-0 1 0 1
G. Mabin 4-0 0 0 0
D. Moore 3-1 0 0 0
A. Al-Shaair 3-1 0 0 0
K. Street 3-1 0 0 0
D. Mayo 3-0 0 0 0
E. Moseley 3-0 0 0 0
E. Lee 3-0 0 0 0
T. Harris 3-0 0 0 0
T. Moore 2-1 0 0 0
J. Valoaga 2-0 2 0 0
A. Exum 2-0 0 0 0
A. Colbert 1-0 0 0 0
A. Witherspoon 1-0 0 0 0
S. Day 1-0 0 0 0
D. Reed 0-1 0 0 0
  • Bret Rumbeck
  • Written by:
    Bret Rumbeck has been writing about the 49ers since 2017 for 49ers Webzone and 49ers Hub. He is a Turlock, CA native, and has worked for two members of the US House of Representatives and one US Senator. When not breaking down game film, Bret spends his time seeking out various forms of heavy metal. Feel free to follow him or direct inquiries to @brumbeck.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

49ers Notebook: Nine years later, 49ers get Thanksgiving revenge over Seahawks; Shanahan, Purdy discuss key throws vs. Seahawks; What happened to Christian McCaffrey's helmet?

By Kirk Larrabee
Nov 24

It took nine years, but the San Francisco 49ers finally got some payback on Thursday night for the Seattle Seahawks feasting on turkey after a win at Levi's Stadium in 2014. The Seahawks' 19-3 win over the 49ers on Thanksgiving in 2014 was the last time either team played on Thanksgiving before Thursday night, and after that game then-Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman dug into the postgame turkey at the 50-yard line of Levi's Stadium at a time when the rivalry between the two teams was at a peak. The 49ers flipped the script on Thursday, notching a 31-13 win over the Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle that was followed by a slew of 49ers getting their fill of Thanksgiving turkey, courtesy of NBC. "That was a moment I'll remember

placeholder image

49ers being favored over Eagles 'doesn't make a lot of sense' to Kyle Shanahan

By David Bonilla
Nov 29

Sitting at 10-1, the Philadelphia Eagles own the NFL's best record. They are set to host the San Francisco 49ers in a highly anticipated NFC Championship Game rematch on Sunday in front of a rowdy Lincoln Financial Field crowd. Despite the Eagles' five-game winning streak, the 8-3 road-team 49ers are currently favored by three points. Oddsmakers might be favoring the 49ers because of how they have won games recently. Bouncing back from a challenging October, the team is now on a three-game winning streak, dominating opponents with an average margin of victory of 20.7 points. In contrast, the Eagles have secured victories with a more modest average margin of 4.8 points over their last four games, including an overtime win against the Buffalo Bills on

placeholder image

"May the best team win": Deebo Samuel anticipates exciting 49ers-Eagles matchup

By David Bonilla
Nov 28

This Sunday features one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. The San Francisco 49ers (8-3) will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game. The Eagles are riding a five-game winning streak, while the 49ers have won three straight since stumbling through October. Fans have had the Week 13 matchup circled on their calendars since the schedule was released in May. "We know everybody's going to be riled up for this game, and we just got to stay level-headed and just go out there and play Niner football," wide receiver Deebo Samuel told Kay Adams on Tuesday morning. Any loss leaves a bitter taste, but a playoff loss is particularly devastating. Samuel, who has been to the NFC Championship

placeholder image

Christian McCaffrey breaks another 49ers record: Key stats from the 31-13 win vs. Seahawks

By Site Staff
Nov 23

The San Francisco 49ers improved to 8-3 on the season after a 31-13 Week 12 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. Below are several statistics and notes from Thursday's game, which were provided by the 49ers Communications staff. With the Win... San Francisco improved to 3-2-1 all-time when playing on Thanksgiving Day. The 49ers have won each of the previous 3 regular season matchups against the Seahawks, including winning consecutive road games against the Seahawks for the first time in franchise history. San Francisco has won 10-consecutive regular season games against NFC West opponents, which ties the Seattle Seahawks for


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone