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The Cowboys made the 49ers pay for not cashing in on two golden opportunities in the first quarter. San Francisco reached the Cowboys' 4-yard line twice, but had two settle for a field goal on both possessions.
After stalling throughout the first quarter, Tony Romo connected with T.O. for a 75-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-6 lead. It was the longest pass play of Romo's NFL career. Romo felt some pressure on the play and was able to step up in the pocket. Running back Marion Barber delivered a crushing block to buy him some extra time, and T.O. actually gained some separation from cornerback Nate Clements.
San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill shredded the Cowboys for 144 passing yards in the first quarter, but it looks like the defense has rallied following a blocked punt by Carlos Polk.