Dallas vs. San Francisco: Postgame Grades, Notes, and Quotes

Bleacher Report   8/24/15 4:53 PM

The as Cowboys and the Francisco 49ers met on the gridiron at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Sunday evening, for the second of four preseason games, and for Cowboys fans, the team's performance left much to be desired.

Star quarterback Tony Romo saw his first action of the preseason, as did Doug Free, en McFadden, Orlando Scandrick, Joe Randle and others.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Cowboys were led onto the field by Romo. On first down Romo handed to McFadden, who was stopped at the line of scrimmage after Mackenzie Bernadeau, playing right guard, was slow to come off of a double-team to pick up a charging Navarro Bowman. After another unsuccessful McFadden run on second down, Romo found Lance Dunbar in the flat on third down, who lost his footing and was tackled by Bowman for a loss of a yard.

The next play was a foresight of things to come for the evening, as Australian Rugby player turned return specialist Jarryd Hayne fielded Chris Jones' punt at the 15 and galloped 27 yards to the 42. He set up the 49ers for what would be a 12-play 51-yard drive featuring several successful runs by Carlos Hyde, as well as a nine-yard scamper by quarterback n Kaepernick. The drive ended with a good coverage play by Cowboys corner Corey White, which forced a Phil Dawson 25-yard field goal.

The rest of the first half, and ultimately the game as a whole, was highlighted by a few themes for Dallas. The Cowboys displayed poor play on offense, struggles on...