Monday, September 19, 2011
Silver linings: 49ers vs. Cowboys
By Mike Sando
The facts: The San Francisco 49ers fell to 1-1 with a 27-24 overtime defeat against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park in Week 2.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The 49ers visit the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3
- The 49ers played well enough to take a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter, in part because they held the Cowboys to three-and-outs three times on Dallas' first four possessions.
- Tight end Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams each caught a touchdown pass. This was Williams' first career scoring reception and second overall reception.
- The 49ers scored touchdowns on both red zone trips.
- Tramaine Brock and Donte Whitner picked off passes.
- Punter Andy Lee finished with a 45.7-yard net average on six punts. Also on special teams, Kendall Hunter had a 43-yard kickoff return. David Akers connected on a 55-yard field goal. He ranks second in the NFL with 21 points.
- The 49ers did not fumble.
- Patrick Willis and Justin Smith forced fumbles. Ahmad Brooks hit Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hard enough to knock Romo from the game for a time with a broken rib.
- The 49ers held the Cowboys to 45 yards rushing on 22 attempts.
- Alex Smith tossed two touchdown passes and finished the game with a 99.1 NFL passer rating. He has completed at least two-thirds of his attempts in each of his first two starts under coach Jim Harbaugh. Previously, Smith had not put together such games consecutively since the 2006 season.
- The 49ers converted eight times in 16 third-down chances.
- Ray McDonald has collected a sack in each of his first two starts since the 2008 season.