49ers, not Romo, experience late-game meltdown


49ers, not Romo, experience late-game meltdown

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, he of the fourth-quarter meltdown in the Cowboys' season-opening loss, made amends with an incredible comeback on Sunday.

The 49ers blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, and Romo had a fourth quarter and overtime for the ages in the Cowboys' 27-24 victory on Sunday at Candlestick Park.Romo's remarkable performance came after he sustained a fractured rib early in the game. He sat out most of the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter and overtime, Romo torched the 49ers' defense. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"He made some really good plays there at the end," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "So did their receivers. So did their team -- made some big plays."Romo finished with 345 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-33 passing, as the Cowboys (1-1) rebounded from squandering a 14-point fourth-quarter lead to the New York Jets a week earlier.
"As a secondary and a defensive unit, we have to go back to the drawing board and understand our technique and our responsibilities," 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner said. "Until we do that, we'll continue to give up big plays."On the decisive play of the game, Whitner bit hard on a play-action fake, allowing receiver Jesse Holley to get behind him. Holley's 77-yard reception set up Dan Bailey's 19-yard field goal to end the game after the 49ers stalled after receiving the overtime kickoff.
"He sold it (the play-action fake) well, along with the tight ends (Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten)," Whitner said. "They sold it really, really well. And he got wide open."Holley originally signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Prior to his three-catch, 96-yard performance, he had never caught a pass in an NFL regular-season game. He was pressed into action because of a thigh injury that kept Dez Bryant out of the game.
Holley might have scored the game-ending touchdown if he did not hold the ball aloft in a premature celebration at the 5-yard line. That gave Whitner the opportunity to make the tackle in the field of play.
"I wanted to strip the football from him," Whitner said. "That's what he's expected to do. That's what offensive guys do: They get the ball and then they celebrate. So next time, hopefully, we see them in the playoffs he'll have nothing to celebrate about."The Cowboys rolled up 472 yards of total offense in the game.After the 49ers (1-1) got out to a 14-0 lead, cornerback Tramaine Brock fell down in coverage against Miles Austin, allowing him to score on a 53-yard catch and run. Austin also scored on pass plays of 5 and 25 yards against the coverage of free safety Madieu Williams. Austin finished with nine catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns."We're always going to look to play better," Harbaugh said. "I'm proud of our guys. There were spots where the good majority of the time we played well enough to win. We played well. But not well enough to win the game, so that's really about as much as there is to say about it."

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."