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49ers vs. Cowboys: A prospector's guide

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We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the Week 4 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

The San Francisco 49ers are back home in Week 4 after back-to-back road games. They host the Dallas Cowboys in a rivalry that has lost a lot of its sizzle. They’ve had some exciting games their last two meetings, but the importance is not quite the same as it once was.

The 49ers opened as a 2.5-point underdog, and money is quickly coming in on the Cowboys. 64 percent of public money was on Dallas as of Wednesday morning, and the line has climbed to a field goal at most sportsbooks. The more that line goes up, the more inclined I am to bet on the 49ers. They are coming off an ugly loss in Seattle, but I think Dallas will be a little overvalued coming off that win over the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys are certainly not a bad team, but their defense still has questions, and Dak Prescott remains a rookie quarterback.

The 49ers have tumbled down the DVOA ratings from No. 10 to No. 26. They rank No. 30 in DAVE, which factors in preseason projections. Their offense ranks No. 28, their defense ranks No. 9, and their special teams rank No. 24. The team added wide receiver and returner Keshawn Martin to the roster on Tuesday. I don’t expect him to make a huge difference, but maybe some different options can shake things up a bit.

Matchups: 34
Series Record: 49ers lead series 17-16-1
49ers Home Record vs. Cowboys: 49ers lead series 9-8
49ers Away Record vs. Cowboys: Series is tied 8-8-1
First Meeting: 11/20/60, 49ers win 26-14, at Dal.
Last Meeting: 9/7/14, 49ers win 28-17, at Dal.
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 6 (10/11/81 – 11/11/90)
Longest Cowboys Win Streak: 5 (12/23/72 – 10/12/80)
Most 49ers Points: 45 (10/11/81): 49ers win 45-14, at SF
Most Cowboys Points: 59 (10/12/80): Cowboys win 59-14, at Dal.
49ers Shutouts: None
Cowboys Shutouts: None


  • Intercepted a pass by Cowboys QB Tony Romo, which led to a 29- yd. TD pass from QB Alex Smith to TE Delanie Walker on the next play vs. Dal. (9/18/11).


  • In the 49ers season opening victory at Dal. (9/7/14), recorded 2 tackles and 1.0 sack.


  • Making his NFL debut, registered 7 attempts for 50 yards and 1 TD at Dal. (9/7/14).


  • Intercepted a pass by Cowboys QB Tony Romo in the 1st qtr. and returned the INT 48 yards to the Dal. 2 yard line at Dal. (9/7/14).