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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Cowboys run defense does its job

By Calvin Watkins

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cowboys defense has taken on two opponents that are strong running teams and held them to fewer than 100 yards.

In Week 1, the Cowboys held the New York Jets to 45 yards rushing.

Sunday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers rushed for 74 yards on 24 carries. Lead rusher Frank Gore carried 20 times for 47 yards, and his longest run was for 9 yards.

"They ran a lot of 13, 12 personnel," outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "They have a lot of tight ends in the game. Frank Gore is their guy. That's the guy. They have that ground-and-pound offense, really physical. We had to be able to make them one dimensional and stop Frank Gore."