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49ers defeat the Cowboys: Yep, that's a good day

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Sunday is coming to a close, and the San Francisco 49ers are 1-0 following their 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The game wasn't perfect, with some notable injuries to the secondary, but I'd say all in all, it was a pretty good day.

Long time readers will know what that means for the end of the day. The 49ers PR staff send out a rundown of notable stats and performances following each game. I like to post them and attach a little Ice Cube to call it a day. The 49ers have some work to do to build on this week's win, but that doesn't mean we can't relax a little at the end of the day, and enjoy a win over the Cowboys.

With the Win...

  • The 49ers improved to 18-7 on the road in the regular season under head coach Jim Harbaugh. The team's .720 winning pct. is the highest in the NFL during that span.
  • Harbaugh becomes the only coach in 49ers franchise history to win on opening day in each of his first four seasons.
  • The 49ers improved to 17-16-1 against the Dallas Cowboys all-time.
  • The 49ers improved to 5-2 against the NFC East since 2011.
  • The 49ers improved to 15-1 when scoring on their opening drive.
  • The 49ers improved to 27-5 when scoring first.

Rare Company

  • RB Frank Gore rushed for 63 yds. on 16 carries, eclipsing the 10,000-yd. mark for his career. Gore now has 10,030 career rushing yards, becoming the 29th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 or more yds. in a career, and just the 10th player to reach that mark while also playing 10 seasons with one team.

10,000 Yards Rushing & 10 Seasons with One Team

Player

Yards

Years

Team

Emmitt Smith

17,162

13 (1990-02)

Dallas

Walter Payton

16,726

13 (1975-87)

Chicago

Barry Sanders

15,269

10 (1989-98)

Detroit

Tony Dorsett

12,036

11 (1977-87)

Dallas

Franco Harris

11,950

12 (1972-83)

Pittsburgh

Thurman Thomas

11,938

12 (1988-99)

Buffalo

Fred Taylor

11,271

11 (1998-08)

Jacksonville

Jerome Bettis

10,571

10 (1996-05)

Pittsburgh

Tiki Barber

10,449

10 (1997-06)

New York Giants

Frank Gore

10,030

10 (2005-14)

San Francisco

Staying Alive

  • The 49ers offense converted 7 of 12 (58.3 pct.) 3rd-down attempts. The 58.3 pct. conversion rate on 3rd-down was the 3rd-highest by the team, since 2011 [6 of 9 (66.7 pct.) at Jax. (10/27/13); 7 of 11 (63.6 pct.) vs. Buf. (10/7/12)].

Taking It Back

  • The 49ers defense registered 4 takeaways in the first half (3 INTs, 1 FR), the most by the team in either half since 12/14/09 vs. Arz. [5 takeaways (2 INTs, 3 FRs) in the first half].

Quick Start By The Defense

  • LB Dan Skuta forced a fumble of Dallas RB DeMarco Murray on the first drive of the season. The loose ball was picked up by CB Chris Culliver and returned 35 yds. for a TD. It marked the 2nd FF of Skuta's career and Culliver's 2nd career FR and first career TD.
  • The last time the 49ers registered a defensive TD as the first TD in Week 1, was against the Baltimore Colts (9/15/68) when D EStan Hindman had a 25-yd. INT return for a TD.

Great Hands On D

  • Eric Reid registered his 5th career INT and returned it 48 yds. to the Cowboys 2-yd. line. Reid has now recorded an INT in each of his two season openers.
  • LB Patrick Willis notched his 8th career INT, picking off Romo in the end zone. This marks Willis' 2nd career INT on opening day [1 INT at Arz. (9/13/09)].
  • CB Perrish Cox notched his 2nd career INT, picking off Romo. It's Cox's first INT since 9/19/10 vs. Sea., as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Starting With A Sack

  • The 49ers defense registered 3.0 sacks on the day.
  • DT Justin Smith brought down Romo twice on day, marking his first multi-sack game since 11/25/13 at Was. (2.0 sacks). This marked the eighth time Smith has registered a sack on opening day. It also marks Smith 3rd multi-sack game on opening day [3.0 at KC (9/10/06); 2.0 vs. Sea. (9/11/11)].
  • LB Ahmad Brooks notched 1.0 sack on the day, giving him 36.0 for his career.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard

  • The 49ers scored 21 points in the first quarter, the most by the team in the first quarter since 12/18/95 vs. Min. (21 points).
  • The 28 first half points scored by the 49ers are the most scored in a first half since 10/27/13 at Jax. (28 points).

Our Kap-tain

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 11 of 13 atts. for 157 yds., 2 TDs and a QB rating of 156.6. His156.6 QB rating is the highest in any half of his career.

Vernon Does It Again

  • TE Vernon Davis hauled in 2 TD passes from QB Colin Kaepernick in the 1st qtr. This marked Davis's 7th career multi-TD game and 2nd on opening day [2 TDs vs. GB (9/8/13)].

Hyde Finds Pay Dirt

  • RB Carlos Hyde scored his first-career TD on a 4-yd. TD run. He became the first 49ers rookie to score a TD on opening day since TE Vernon Davis at Arz. (9/10/06).

Making Their Debut

  • Antoine Bethea, LB Chris Borland, WR Bruce Ellington, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Donta Johnson, WR Stevie Johnson, WR Brandon Lloyd, LB Aaron Lynch, T Jonathan Martin, TE/LS Kyle Nelson, S L.J. McCray, DB Jimmie Ward all made their debuts with the team.