By: Joe Lami
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in their first home game of the 2015 pre-season with a 23-6 victory. The win marks the first of the pre-season, as San Francisco improves heading towards opening day.
Both teams started their starting quarterbacks, as the Cowboys’ Tony Romo only played the first drive, lasting three plays. Much was thanks to Navarro Bowman, playing in his first game since the 2013 NFC Championship game. Bowman played three plays and made all three tackles on the opening drive. “Coach told me I was only going to have five plays, so I wanted to make the most of it,” he added. Romo on the drive had one pass, and completed it for minus one yard.
Colin Kaepernick played all of two drives, going two of five for 13 yards. He had a chance at the end zone on one of them, but a great defensive play by Byron Jones broke up the completion to Torrey Smith. The Niners settled for a 25-yard field goal from Phil Dawson, giving them the lone score in the first quarter.
Jarryd Hayne made his case to make the 53-man roster for the second week in a row, as he was stellar on the kick return game. Hayne had three returns for 83 yards, with the longest being 34 yards on the second return. However, the first return was the most impressive as the Chris Jones punt went 20 yards over Hayne’s head. Hayne went back to make an over-the-shoulder grab and turned up field, making a few men miss for 27 yards. “He’s still got a long way to go, but he’s making a great case for himself. Doing this while never playing football before is the story,” added Niners’ head coach, Jim Tomsula.
The play of the game came in the second quarter by nose tackle, Mike Purcell. Purcell intercepted a Dustin Vaughan pass and returned it 37 yards for the touchdown. Purcell added after the game that it was his first touchdown since high school.
Dawson added a 33 yard field goal to make it 13-0 going into half time.
Qunton Patton scored the second Niners’ touchdown in the fourth quarter, as he blocked a punt at the two yard line and was able to recover it in the end zone for the score before he leaped into the crowd.
The Cowboys lone touchdown came in the fourth. Rookie, Jameill Showers found a wide open Nick Harwell in the back right part of the end zone for the score to make it 23-6. With the new point after rules, the Cowboys elected to go for two, but the conversion was intercepted.
The Niners’ look towards the next part of their pre-season schedule, as the 53-man roster begins to form, where they take on the Denver Broncos.