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49ers vs. Cowboys: San Francisco Preseason Game Balls & Highlights

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We hand out two game balls to the San Francisco 49ers from the Niners’ first game of the 2018 NFL Preseason, a 24-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

On Friday’s Locked On 49ers Podcast, host Brian Peacock provided “stock up” and “stock down” analysis for players in key positional competitions — and handed out a pair of game balls — after the San Francisco 49ers’ exciting fourth-quarter comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL Preseason:

QB Nick Mullens

With starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing just one drive, and backup QB C.J. Beathard being mostly ineffective, the 49ers turned to their third-string quarterback Nick Mullens to lead the team in a late-game comeback. Mullens brought the 49ers into Dallas territory on his first two drives, but each ended via turnover — the first, a questionable fumble by running back Raheem Mostert, and the second, an interception on a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage.

With eight minutes remaining — and down by two scores — Mullens took the 49ers on an eight play drive, resulting in a short touchdown run by running back Jeremy McNichols. After the 49ers’ defense forced the Cowboys to punt, Mullens was given the ball at the 49ers’ 26-yard line with no timeouts and two minutes left on the clock, needing a touchdown to win.

In hurry-up mode, Mullens led the 49ers down the field with five-straight completions — using some of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s favorite route concepts — before a short pass interference penalty allowed the quarterback to pause and call a play from the huddle.  Shanahan dialed up a man-beater route combination, with wide receiver Richie James running a slant pattern behind tight end Ross Dwelley, who motioned across the formation. With a defender in his face, Mullens fired a bullet to James, who caught the pass for the game-winning score.

Aside from the tipped interception, Mullens threw only one incomplete pass in the contest, ending the game with an impressive stat line of 11-for-13 for 141 passing yards — and a come-from-behind win:

 

WR Richie James

In his first NFL action, James — a Locked on Podcast favorite — looked more like a seasoned veteran than a seventh-round rookie. Along with his game-winning score — which required the wideout to extend his body for the reception, and then maintain possession after taking a big hit from Cowboys safety Tyree Robinson — James showed flashes throughout the contest.

In the 49ers’ opening drive, James played the “Trent Taylor” role from the slot on third down, and caught a difficult pass from Garoppolo to extend the drive. James also showed off his short-area quickness on a 21-yard screen pass from Beathard, and demonstrated his potential value on special teams with a 33-yard kickoff return.

James finished the game with four catches on five targets for 44 yards and a score. James’ Preseason Week 1 performance certainly shook up the 49ers’ wide receiver depth chart; if the rookie continues to play at this level, he is a lock to make San Francisco’s initial 53-man roster:

 

Check out what Locked On 49ers host Brian Peacock had to say about the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason matchup with the Dallas Cowboys — including “stock up” and “stock down” player analysis — on Friday’s Rapid React podcast:

Chris Wilson is the Lead Writer for Locked on 49ers - part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You may have seen Chris Wilson’s work on NFL game theory, statistical analysis and film breakdowns at FanSided, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, ClutchPoints, Insidethe49 and others. Follow Chris Wilson on Twitter @cgawilson.

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