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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 0 14 7 3 24
San Francisco 7 7 3 0 17
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1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET20:25 GMT4:25 AM 北京时间1:25 PM MST3:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25 , October 2, 2016
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California  Weather: 68°, Cloudy  Attendance: 70,178

Momentum shifts ahead of 49ers-Cowboys tilt

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Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers

  1. The Cowboys beat the Bears, 31-17, in Week 3, winning their second straight game for the first time since Weeks 1-2 last season. The 31 points scored by Dallas last Sunday was its highest total since beating Washington, 44-17, in the last game of the 2014 season.
  2. San Francisco was pummeled, 37-18, by the Seahawks in Seattle last Sunday, losing its second straight game by 19 points (lost 46-27 to Carolina in Week 2). The 49ers' average margin of defeat is 16.9 points since the beginning of 2015 -- worst in the NFL.
  3. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys, 28-17, at AT&T Stadium the last time these clubs met in 2014, snapping a three-game losing streak to Dallas in the process. Dallas has won two straight road games vs. San Francisco (both by three points), but this will be the first time the two clubs will take the field at Levi's Stadium.
  4. Dak Prescott threw for 248 yards and recorded his first two career NFL touchdowns last Sunday (one pass and one rush). Prescott now has 99 consecutive pass attempts without an interception to begin his career -- second most in league history behind Carson Wentz of the Eagles (102).
  5. Carlos Hyde ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2, recording his second career 100+ yard rushing game, and giving him four scores on the ground in 2016 -- tied with three others for most in the NFL. The only 49er to lead the NFL in rushing TD in any season all-time was Joe Perry (10) in 1953).
  6. San Francisco has scored 45 points off of takeaways in 2016 -- most in the league. Dallas has turned the ball over just twice this season (tied for fifth fewest in NFL).
Team Comparison

Dallas
 
San Francisco
25.7 Points 24.3
255.7 Pass Yds 177.3
134.0 Rush Yds 116.7
4 Takeaways 8

The start of the 2016 season looked promising for the San Francisco 49ers as they opened up at Levi's Stadium with a huge win over a NFC West opponent, the Los Angeles Rams. The Dallas Cowboys entered the season missing their leader on offense, quarterback Tony Romo, and started two rookies in the offensive backfield. Then Dallas lost to NFC East rivals, the New York Giants, at home in the season opener.

How quickly momentum shifts in the NFL. Entering Week 4, the Cowboys head to the Bay area on a high to take on the 49ers in a late afternoon start. The Cowboys are riding a two-game win streak while the 49ers fortunes haven't been as good. San Francisco enters this contest on a two-game losing streak and issues at the quarterback position. The 49ers are 30th in passing yards per game (175.3) and only 16 of 46 on third downs, which equates to 34.8 percent.

Said 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, "I characterize the offense as OK. We need to convert. We had eight shots at third-and-five or less that we need to convert on third down so we can stay on the field and continue to keep drives alive.

"Three of those (eight) were runs. You've got to be able to pick it up when it's third-and-two and third-and-three and be able to run the football to be successful in this league, and we're not doing it on a consistent basis right now."

Fans and media of the 49ers are wondering why, with current starter Blaine Gabbert's issues at quarterback, quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't getting a chance to play.

"Everyone wants to know why Kap isn't our No. 1," Kelly said. "I don't think Kap is 100 percent right now; that's what I'm saying. I don't think he's ready to go full time. Kap will be the first to tell you. His playing weight has been around 225 (pounds), and he's not at that right now. So he's going out there and continuing to work, continuing to get better."

The Cowboys put the 2016 offense in the hands of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. There was tons of uncertainty heading into the season on if the youngsters could handle the load. But both players had the trust of the Cowboys front office and coaching staff. Confidence in that move has paid off tenfold for head coach Jason Garrett.

Said Garrett, "We haven't just put the handcuffs on him (Prescott), if you will. We just let him play, and he's done a good job handling that work. He's seen a lot of different fronts, a lot of different covers, a lot of different pressures. The guys who can process that and see what they need to see and go through the progressions and make good decisions are the ones who play best regardless of how old you are and how many games you've played."

Prescott continues to grow as a player and a leader. The Mississippi State product has not thrown an interception in any of his first three starts. That stat line reads 99 passes to zero interceptions. Only fellow rookie signal-caller for the Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz, has a longer streak at 102. The fourth-round rookie quarterback has passed for 767 yards, completing 66.7 percent of his passes.

Elliott hasn't had the hot start most fans thought he might, but the Ohio State Buckeye product has rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns. His pass blocking and blitz pickup has been impressive though. That blocking will need to stay sharp as the Cowboys enter the 49ers game without starting left guard La'el Collins. The second-year pro has a torn ligament in his big right toe and is out an extended period of time.

A positive for the banged-up Dallas offensive line is the return of left tackle Tyron Smith. The Pro-Bowl player missed the win over the Chicago Bears with a back issue. His return will lessen the loss of Collins. The Cowboys will need Smith to play at a high level because he will be matched up at times against outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

Brooks took over third place on the 49ers' all-time sack list when he raised his career total to 47.5 with a sack against the Seahawks. Brooks still trails defensive tackle Bryant Young (89.5) and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley (66.5).

While the rookies for the Cowboys have shined, wide receiver Dez Bryant only has 11 catches for 150 yards. Those numbers may stay the same for a while. Reports out of Dallas are that the Pro Bowl player has a hairline fracture in his right knee. His status against the 49ers is uncertain.

Updated September 28, 2016

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