I believe this loss can all be pinned on one bad decision on the behalf of Harbaugh. With around six minutes to go in the fourth quarter Akers put the niners up by ten points with a Field Goal, however a cowboys player was penalized on the play for using a fellow player as a launching platform. When Faced with the decision to either keep the three points on the board with six minutes left in the game or take the ball on the thirty five yard line with a fresh set of downs, Harbaugh decided to keep the 3 points. This decision ultimately paved the way for the Cowboys comeback and slammed the door shut on the possibility of a 2-0 start. Join me after the jump and will explain why this was a huge mistake by Harbaugh.
So we all saw what happened in the game. Cowboys got the ball back with plenty of time. Easily were able to score and then get the ball back. My main argument is they would not of had this time if the Niners had elected to keep the ball and at least run another three plays, eating up at least another two minutes off the clock. If you want to play conservative you cannot pass up an opportunity to kill more time. Now assuming you don't turn the ball over which our running game has been good with ball control this season, we still end up with three points. Akers is an elite kicker, I would bet the farm he could make the kick again from even closer this time. So guess what you end up with a two score lead with four minutes on the clock instead of six minutes and Romo ends up with not enough time to orchestrate a 2 score comeback.
However what if maybe Alex hooks up with Delanie again for another td? Hey maybe Gore actually breaks a run off for a first down and we get to run more clock off? Well we will never know because Harbaugh decided to put the ball in Romo's hands and say have at it even when our secondary clearly was our weakness on D. The game was in our hands after that penalty, but Harbaugh decided to put the ball in the hands of Tony Romo, instead of his own QB.
Harbaugh is looking to be doing good things in San Francisco, so lets hope we don't see any more bad decisions like this in such crucial situations.