PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS
September 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
49ERS: JIM HARBAUGH is 1st head coach since 1970 merger to lead team to Conference Championship Game in each of 1st 3 seasons…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK (3,197 pass, 524 rush) joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as only 49ers QBs with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in season. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 13-0…Pro Bowl RB FRANK GORE rushed for 1,128 yards last year, his franchise-record 7th 1,000-yard season…Pro Bowl TE VERNON DAVIS had 13 rec. TDs last season & added 2 in postseason. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 51 TDs. Has 15 TDs in past 18 (incl. playoffs). WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 1,179 yards in 2013, his 6th 1,000-yard season. Pro Bowl LB PATRICK WILLIS was 2nd on team last year with 104 tackles, his 6th season with 100+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player with 20+ sacks (20.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). Pro Bowl LB AHMAD BROOKS had career-best 8.5 sacks last year. Pro Bowl S ERIC REID was only NFC player in 2013 with 4 INTs & 2 FR. CB TRAMAINE BROCK led team with 5 INTs & 13 PD last season, both career highs…
COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO is 63-45 (.583) as starter. Has only 4 4,000-yard seasons in team history & only 3 30-TD seasons. Is 2-0 in career vs. SF, completing 43 of 72 (59.7 pct.) for 686 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.7 rating…Pro Bowl RB DE MARCO MURRAY had career-best 1,121 rush yards & 10 total TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) last year…Pro Bowl WR DEZ BRYANT had 93 catches for 1,233 yards & 13 TDs in 2013. Only Cowboy with 90+ catches, 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in consecutive seasons. Has TD in 5 consecutive games. Has 23 rec. TDs in past 24. Since 2011, has 34 rec. TDs, most by NFL WR. Since 2007, Pro Bowl TE JASON WITTEN has 627 catches, most by TE. Is 2nd all-time in receptions (879) by NFL TE. Had 7 catches for 102 yards in last meeting. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had 44 catches for 736 yards & 5 TDs as rookie last year, incl. 4 games in row with TD…S BARRY CHURCH led club with 133 tackles last year. DE GEORGE SELVIE had career-best 7 sacks in 2013. CB BRANDON CARR has 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons, incl. 12 PD last year.