Fresh off a bye week, the Dallas Cowboys are in San Francisco for a bout with the winless 49ers.
Depite the 0-6 record, the 49ers have been in each of their last five games. They've lost those games by a combined 13 points.
Dez Bryant made a leaping, toe-tapping touchdown grab in the back of the end zone to cap off a short drive for Dallas and give the Cowboys a commanding 37-point lead. The touchdown tied him with Bob Hayes for the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history (71).
A third Cowboys takeaway of the game brought the third quarter to a close. Jaylon Smith forced a fumble on a sack of C.J. Beathard. Tyrone Crawford recovered at the San Francisco 29-yard line.
Dak Prescott scored the Cowboys' fifth touchdown of the day on a two-yard quarterback keeper with less than a minute to play in the third, finishing off a 13-play, 80-yard drive that spanned 7:44 of game clock. Safety Jeff Heath, stepping in for an injured Dan Bailey, shanked the extra point wide right.
San Francisco managed just seven yards on six plays on the previous drive before punting the ball away. The 49ers managed just 58 yards of offense in the third quarter.
Ezekiel Elliott took a Dak Prescott screen pass and ran it 72 yards to the house to give Dallas a 27-3 lead. Heath knocked the extra point off the right goal post and in.
San Francisco opened the second half with a 47-yard drive into Cowboys territory, but failed to convert a fourth-down attempt at the Dallas 28.
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The Cowboys totaled 114 rushing yards in the first half, including 89 by Ezekiel Elliott, and Dallas was outgaining San Francisco 234-158 through two frames.
First half stats:— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) October 22, 2017
DAL ---- SF
14 1stDwn 10
1-4 3rdDwn 3-7
234 NetYds 158
15:11 TOP 14:49#Cowboys
In the closing minute of the half, a 49ers drive was thwarted in the red zone when a Demarcus Lawrence sack-fumble at the 5-yard line gave the ball back to Dallas.
A slick one-handed grab by Jason Witten in the back of the endzone gave the Cowbys a 20-3 lead with 10:26 to play in the first half. The play capped off a 12-play, 86-yard drive that included four Dez Bryant catches.
With 4:28 to go in the first quarter, Robbie Gould put one through the uprights from 42 yards out to put the 49ers on the board.
Ezekiel Elliott's second rushing touchdown of the opening quarter gave Dallas a 14-0 lead early.
San Francisco punt returner Trent Taylor fumbled a punt after the Cowboys went three-and-out on their first drive of the game, giving Dallas the ball at inside the 20-yard line.
Three carries from Ezekiel Elliott later, the Cowboys were in the endzone and took a 7-0 lead.
A win would put Dallas back to .500 on the year. Follow along as WFAA Sports live tweets the action at Levi's Stadium.
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