It was a solid start to the Quest for Six. Colin Kaepernick looked terrific. Carlos Hyde was a beast. Vernon Davis can still find the end zone. Anquan Boldin effortlessly converted first downs.
The defense, while not dominant overall, forced Tony Romo to throw 3 interceptions and forced a fumble returned for a touchdown, part of 21 points scored off four Cowboys turnovers. Eric Reid, Patrick Willis and Perrish Cox were the beneficiaries of Romo’s errant throws, in what was a comedy of errors for the Dallas offense. Romo looked uncomfortable in the pocket, possibly due to Justin Smith, the lone “Cowboy” to show up, who picked up 2 sacks on the day. The lone bright spot for Big D was DeMarco Murray, who ended San Francisco’s streak of 17 straight games without a 100-yard rusher.
Offensively, the 49ers were excellent. Colin Kaepernick showed tremendous growth progressing through his reads, racking up a 16-23, 201 yard passing performance. He connected with Vernon Davis on his two passing touchdowns, and relied heavily on Anquan Boldin, who pulled in 8 grabs for 99 yards, including a handful of third down conversions. The game also had historical significance, as Frank Gore eclipsed the 10,000 yard rushing mark for his career. His backup, Carlos Hyde, scored a touchdown, and looked like a monster, showcasing tremendous power running.
This was a very nice confidence builder heading into the home opener against a Bears team that dropped an overtime thriller to Buffalo. Stay with 49ers360.com all week as we prepare you for the first regular season game at the Niners new stadium.
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