BeastWriterReview: San Francisco 49ers v. Dallas Cowboys: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 02: Blaine Gabbert #2 of the San Francisco 49ers prepares to throw a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 02: Blaine Gabbert #2 of the San Francisco 49ers prepares to throw a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers were unable to hold off the Dallas Cowboys despite jumping out of the gates with a 14-0 lead. Disappointed would be an understatement. However, as with every game, I broke down the game-film, into three categories; 3 good, 3 bad, and 3 ugly. So without further ado here is my analysis:

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The Good

1. WR Jeremy Kerley

Analysis: Despite being a late addition to the team, Kerley continues to be QB Blaine Gabbert’s security blanket in the short-to-intermediate passing game. The diminutive yet shifty wide receiver would go on and have a great game, hauling in 6 catches for 88 yards and 1 touchdown.

2. TE Garrett Celek

Analysis: The Gabbert-Celek connection was alive and well throughout the game. Celek would go on to set career-highs in catches (5) and receiving yards (79) while catching all 5 of his targets.

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3. CB Rashard Robinson

Analysis: The LSU product came to play and showed why he was the team’s fourth-round pick (No. 133). From making money plays on third-downs with two pass break-ups to being a sound tackler, Shad proved his worth and why he should be the starter opposite of DB Jimmie Ward moving forward.

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The Bad

1. OLB Tank Carradine struggles in space…again! 

Play: 1st Quarter/6:41/1st & 10 @DAL 25 yard-line

Formation: 11 personnel

Analysis: For the third consecutive week, Carradine continues to struggle in space as the team’s outside linebacker. A simple play-action pass where Carradine was in coverage against Cowboys FB Keith Smith, it was yet another mismatch, as the Cowboys exposed the Florida State product in coverage as Smith trotted for a 14-yard gain while moving the chains!

2. ILB NaVorro Bowman 

Analysis: The 49ers lost ILB NaVorro Bowman for the remainder of the season- going down with an Achilles injury. Bowman would finish the game with 8 tackles and 1.0 sack.

3. NT Mike Purcell

Analysis: No 3-4 team can function without a viable space-eater who can two-gap in the middle. Purcell was on the ground more often than not and that greatly affected the heart of the defense on runs up the middle. The Cowboys would finish with 194 rushing yards. Ouch.

The Ugly

1. Missed Tackles (17)

TE Kyle Nelson

NT Mike Purcell (2)

DE Glenn Dorsey

ILB Shayne Skov

ILB Michael Wilhoite

ILB NaVorro Bowman

OLB Ahmad Brooks

DE DeForest Buckner

DE Arik Armstead

CB Marcus Cromartie

CB Rashard Robinson

CB Dontae Johnson

FS Eric Reid (2)

SS Jaquiski Tartt

SS Antoine Bethea

2. CB Tramaine Brock

  • Analysis: For the second consecutive week, T-Brock has given up a big play of 20+ yards. Last week, it was a 59-yard bomb to Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin and this week it was a 20-yard touchdown to Cowboys WR Terrance Williams. In addition, T-Brock gave up yet another first-half touchdown on a 4-yard crossing route to WR Brice Butler.

3. 49ers Defense

Analysis: 428. That’s the number of yards the 49ers defense allowed with 194 of those coming on the ground. Unacceptable. After giving up 418 the previous week, the 49ers struggled once again in total defense.

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