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Cowboys vs. 49ers preseason 2018: Dallas loses late 24-21 as the third-stringers fail

The Cowboys and the 49ers are battling it out in their first preseason game so follow along.

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The Dallas Cowboys fell late to the San Francisco 49ers 24-21 win on the road. The Cowboys actually played their starters for one series at the start and drove the ball down for a touchdown, Michael Gallup was the recipient of the TD pass from Dak Prescott. The offense played well for much of the game with Cooper Rush leading a couple of scoring drives, and Bo Scarbrough and Lance Lenoir scoring touchdowns.

On defense, the Cowboys front seven were dominant until they put in the third-stringers. Taco Charlton looked good on the edge creating a lot of pressure, and Dorance Armstrong looked quick and powerful, too. The linebackers were tough, with Jaylon Smith looking swift without the brace, and Joe Thomas playing a heck of a game.

The Cowboys got a lot accomplished in the game and can be happy with the effort. But it’s back to work now. Stay with us for more detailed breakdowns of the game.

Fourth Quarter

The 49ers put together a strong drive after the Cowboys missed the long FG and punched it in for a TD with just over four minutes left. They then went for the two-point conversion but the Cowboys stuffed it to keep the score 21-16.

Brett Maher misses a long FG in the middle of the fourth quarter. Still 21-10.

Interception for the Cowboys! Richard Ash tips the ball at the line of scrimmage and Duke Thomas gets the pick! [corrected]

Third Quarter

49ers fumble! Charles Tapper with the recovery.

Lance Lenoir scores a TD with a beautiful toe-drag catch in the corner of the end zone. A strong drive from the Cowboys offense and Cooper Rush. Cowboys up 21-10.

Safety Marqueston Huff shows his special teams skills with some excellent punt coverage.

The 49ers come out quickly and burn the Cowboys defense for a long bomb, setting the 49ers offense up inside the 10-yard line. But the Cowboys defense stiffens and forces a FG, score now 14-10.


The Cowboys gave up a late touchdown, the score is now 14-7.

Second Quarter

A good drive by the Cowboys offense results in a Bo Scarbrough touchdown. Tavon Austin had a couple of catches, Scarbrough has a nice run and Dallas goes up 14-0. Here is Scarbrough’s nice run to move the drive along.

Linebacker Joe Thomas with an interception on a tipped ball from a Kavon Frazier blitz!

Taco Charlton has a couple of pressures in the game so far.

Cowboys lead 7-0 after the first quarter.

First Quarter

One series only for Dak, he is pulled for Cooper Rush.

Michael Gallup for the score on a pass from Dak Prescott!

Connor Williams beat early for a sack.

Rod Smith running the ball early, looking good.

Here we go! Check out the news that the starters will play.

Article here.


Can you believe it? The long wait is over as the Dallas Cowboys will gather for a football game again, even if it is just a preseason game. This Thursday night the Cowboys will travel over to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in the first of their four preseason contests for 2018.

Okay, so we probably won’t see a bunch of starters play, and the ones that do play will probably only get a series or two. That’s alright, because the Cowboys have a lot of battles along their depth chart (which you can see right here), and we’ll get to see extensive playing time for the reserves. Who will stand out among the receivers? Will one of the tight ends make a mark? How will the draft picks play?

It’s preseason, but there’s a lot going on for the team and these games can be very instructive in some ways, especially when evaluating specific personnel. Plus, it’s a Cowboys football game! How cool is that?

Here’s your info for the game.

What You Need To Know

Important links: Cowboys depth chart | Roster

Date: August 9th, 2018

Game time: 10:00 PM EST

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

TV channel: NFL Network | Local: CBS 11

Announcers: NFLN: Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan, Dennis O’Donnell

Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings |

Streaming: NFL app and Watch NFL Network, GamePass | Fubo TV

Cowboys record: (0-0)

49ers record: (0-0)

Odds: Dallas +3.5

Prediction: Dallas 19 - San Francisco 17

Enemy blog: Niners Nation

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2018 preseason schedule

August 9th: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers

Aug 18th: Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

Aug 26th: Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys (NBC, 8/26 8:00 PM EST)

Aug 30th: Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans

2018 regular season schedule

Week 1 (Sept 9): Dallas @ Carolina (4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Week 2 (Sept 16): NY Giants @ Dallas (8:20 PM ET NBC)

Week 3 (Sept 23): Dallas @ Seattle (4:25 PM ET FOX)

Week 4 (Sept 30): Detroit @ Dallas (1 PM ET FOX)

Week 5 (Oct 7): Dallas @ Houston (8:20 PM ET NBC)

Week 6 (Oct 14): Jacksonville @ Dallas (4:25 PM ET CBS)

Week 7 (Oct 21): Dallas @ Washington (4:25 PM ET CBS)

Week 8 (Oct 28): BYE

Week 9 (Nov 5): Tennessee @ Dallas (8:15 PM ET CBS)

Week 10 (Nov 11): Dallas @ Philadelphia (8:20 PM ET NBC)

Week 11 (Nov 18): Dallas @ Atlanta (1 PM ET FOX)

Week 12 (Nov 22): Washington @ Dallas (Thanksgiving, 4:30 PM ET FOX)

Week 13 (Nov 29): New Orleans @ Dallas (8:20 PM ET FOX/NFLN)

Week 14 (Dec 9): Philadelphia @ Dallas (4:25 PM ET FOX)

Week 15 (Dec 16): Dallas @ Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET FOX)

Week 16 (Dec 23): Tampa Bay @ Dallas (1:00 PM ET FOX)

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