Man, that was such a strange game. It was terribly amazing. It was one of those games you felt like the 49ers lost, yet they won. I know, it’s preseason so there’s really not supposed to be emotion, but man.
One thing I think worth mentioning is the “starting” (remember most of the true starters weren’t in action Saturday) defense. The Dallas Cowboys knew the 49ers were not going to have a majority of their starters that night, and they started Dak Prescott anyways. At first, the Cowboys managed to move the ball around, but when they came knocking into the redzone, the 49ers defense clamped down and forced a field goal.
OK, I’ll take that. I doubt the defense could have sustained that an entire game, but they kept the Cowboys from marching downfield and scoring a touchdown when they had what could be considered superior players on that side of the ball.
Holding Dak Prescott to a field goal? I’ll take it.
Here’s some links:
Who’s stock went up in the 49ers’ preseason opener? (Madson)
49ers on hunt for offensive tackle help after Coleman’s ankle surgery (Inman)
49ers Roster Predictions: Who makes the cut after injury-heavy start to preseason? (KNBR)
From hope to must-have? 49ers may need rookies Samuel, Hurd to assume big roles (Branch)
Dre Greenlaw demonstrates nose for football in 49ers preseason debut (Chan)
49ers’ Jalen Hurd, Deebo Samuel challenging Dante Pettis for starting job (Maiocco)
Who’s winning 49ers quarterback race between Mullens, Beathard? (Inman)
49ers investigating backup plan with tackle Shon Coleman headed to IR (Branch)
49ers Notebook: Injury updates, incoming tackle move, and offensive line ‘wasn’t good enough’ (Hutchinson)
49ers notebook: Shanahan still not happy with receivers’ despite splashy debut (Biderman)
First-game flaws too familiar for 49ers (Cohn)
Kyle Shanahan not blown away by performance of 49ers’ rookie receivers (Chan)