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Four winners and four losers from the 49ers’ 17-9 win over the Cowboys

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The Niners won their first preseason game Saturday, and we have the day’s winners and losers.

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That was a rollercoaster of a game. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night 17-9. We already recapped the game. Here are four winners and losers from the contest.

Winners

QB Nick Mullens

I know you’ll initially remember his interception and think he doesn’t belong here, but Mullens played a heck of a game. These are the plays people will forget:

That was a ridiculous throw, especially considering Mullens took a big hit. Two drops hurt what would have been a nice box score for Mullens, who was 5-6 for 61 yards and four first downs when he faced a blitz. It was a promising start for the backup QB.

WR Jalen Hurd

Three catches and two of them went for scores. That’s efficiency. Hurd was also the only wide receiver on the Niners to break a tackle once the ball was in his hands. Even on that screen pass, he had towards the end of the first half he looked tough to bring down. You can only assume his role is going to grow as the season goes on. The fade in the end zone looks way too natural not to try that during the regular season. Hurd was a pleasant surprise.

Losers

49ers medical staff/Injury bug

The training staff is getting their money worth, that’s for sure. Shon Coleman is likely out for the season. DJ Jones left the game, but he’s reportedly fine now. There was a stretch during the first half where it seemed like players were dropping like flies. The good news is Trent Taylor won’t miss too many games that matter. You just hope that he can fully recover because he was looking like the real deal in training camp.

WR Kendrick Bourne

I’m usually not one to overreact to drops, but when you’re fighting for a role on a roster, those aren’t the type of mistakes you can afford to make. On another target to Bourne, the Dallas defender broke up the pass. Bourne just didn’t look like he was ready to play. Quarterbacks had a 49.3 QB rating when throwing to him, which was a team-low.

Second-team safeties

During the broadcast, the announcer said: “Marcell Harris was a step late in coverage.” That was fitting, as that had been the case during training camp. Harris made a nice play in the box against the run. He’s always been a physical player, but it’s a coverage league. You’ll remember the play he made at the line of scrimmage, but ignore the two tackles he missed. In the passing game, Harris broke up a pass, but he also committed a penalty and gave up receptions on both of his targets for 25 yards.

Adrian Colbert was ejected for an illegal hit. I was iffy on the call, but that is going to get called each time in today’s NFL. Colbert only played seven snaps, but I remember one in particular where he was late to react, and the offense was able to get a first down.

Refs

The zebras were terrible Saturday night. Some ticky-tack calls, and some downright awful calls. The pass interference at the end of the game on Dontae Johnson was a joke. Twenty-three total penalties, with 18 coming from the home team. The 49ers weren’t innocent by any means, but come on.

Winners

Dre Greenlaw

Greenlaw had a penalty and a hiccup in coverage where he had his eyes caught in the backfield and allowed a wide receiver to get behind him. Aside from that, he was everywhere. We saw the importance of speed at linebacker in this defense. Greenlaw had a highlight play where he sniffed out a run play that resulted in a tackle for loss. He also played a route perfectly and closed ground in a hurry for a minimal gain. He’s good.

Damontre Moore

The defensive line was a lot better than I expected them to be, and Moore led them. More had six total pressures, which led the team. He also had three “stops.” When you’re looking at defensive linemen, you want guys that can be productive. Moore proved that he could produce. I’ll be curious to see if he earns snaps as a rotational player with the starters next week against Denver.