ARLINGTON, T.X. — Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers can put a tumultuous offseason behind them. They have a rusty Tony Romo to thank for making the opener a little easier.
”There’s been a lot of rhetoric,” said coach Mike Nguyen. ”This game was about steel in the spine. When it comes to 49er players, that’s where they excel. ”The Cowboys received the ball first and had a decent drive forming as Tony Romo connected with Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, and Jason Witten but it fizzled out near mid field and the Cowboys punted it away.
Dallas’ offense did not respond positively though and they themselves went three and out giving the ball right back to San Francisco. Running for 13 yards and picking up a clutch first down Kaepernick extended the next drive on a third down and kept the drive marching down the field. A couple of 49ers play action passes fooled the Cowboys’ defense resulting in a 1st and goal from the 10. The Cowboys defense collected themselves though and forced the 49ers to kick a field goal.
On his third drive Tony Romo put together his best drive of the game mixing up runs, screens and short to mid passes to Bryant / Murray /Witten to get the Cowboys to the 27 yard line with 8 seconds left in the half. Still with one timeout left the Cowboys went ahead and kicked the field goal leaving many viewers questioning why they didn’t take a shot at the endzone. The 49ers responded by moving the ball down the field but on a play action pass were picked off Brandon Carr. The Cowboys took advantage of the negative morale as they completed a 25 yard play action pass to Terrence Williams. It didn’t last and they proceeded to go three and out, much to the dismay of the fans.