Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) walks off the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Brock Purdy throws 4 touchdowns, leads 49ers to 42-10 win over Cowboys – KTSM 9 News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers quickly turned their biggest challenge of the young season into laughter.

Purdy threw three of his four touchdown passes to George Kittle, San Francisco’s defense hunted Dak Prescott all night and the 49ers extended their lead over the Dallas Cowboys with a 42-10 victory on Sunday. Cowboys dominance.

“It feels good, especially against the No. 1 defense in the league,” star left tackle Trent Williams said. “Obviously, this is a big test for Week 5 this year. I think we passed that test with flying colors. But we will be tested again.”

The Niners (5-0) have knocked the Cowboys out of the playoffs in tight games the past two seasons, adding intrigue to what is considered an early-season matchup between contenders.

The score in the rematch wasn’t even close.

The Niners jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Cowboys notched their first win of the night but never really caught on en route to tying a franchise record with 15th straight regular-season victory and earning their fifth 5-0 start. Threat.

“I know this is our biggest game so far this year, both nationally and in terms of media and hype,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Sometimes you worry that your team might get too busy. … They’ve been locked in all week. They didn’t take this game too seriously and be ready to go.”

As a starter in the NFL, Purdy calmly picked apart the league’s stingiest defense to improve to 10-0, and San Francisco’s defense made life difficult for Prescott all night.

After Dallas fell behind 28-10 in the third quarter, Prescott was sacked three times and intercepted twice. He threw two more interceptions in the fourth quarter, with the lone highlight being a 26-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second quarter.

“We saw the talent in the room and the potential we had, but it’s important to do it week in and week out,” said linebacker Fred Warner, who had a sack, interception and forced fumble. “It really means a lot to be on this stage against a really good football team.”

It was Dallas’ most lopsided defeat since a 49-17 loss to New Orleans in 2013.

“Didn’t see it coming,” Prescott said. “Putting everything in there and getting punched in the mouth. The game against Arizona a couple weeks ago was humbling. But that was probably the most humbling game I’ve ever been in.”

Purdy once again made few mistakes. A week after throwing just one incomplete pass in a win over Arizona, he repeatedly found open looks downfield for Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and especially Kittle.

Purdy was 17-of-24 for 252 yards and no interceptions all season. He caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kittle on the opening drive, completed a 38-yard pass on a reverse flea-flicker early in the second quarter, and then completed a 10-yard pass in the third quarter to end the game.

“The defense did their job, so it made my life easy,” Purdy said.

Kittle became the first Niner since Vernon Davis in 2009 to catch three touchdown passes in a game.

Purdy threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth quarter, and the rest of the game was just garbage time, mostly on the bench.

“You have to learn how to take hits,” Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons said. “We got punched in the face tonight and that’s the reality. I don’t shy away from it. We were outplayed at every stage. That’s the reality.”

Quick start

The Niners opened the scoring and marched 75 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 19-yard pass from Purdy to Kittle to take the lead. San Francisco opened the season with four touchdowns and one field goal, scoring a league-leading 31 points.

The 49ers defense was equally tough early on, limiting Dallas to six yards in the first quarter and without a first down for more than 17 minutes.

Score streak

Christian McCaffrey scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter after fumbled near the goal line earlier in the game. It was his 14th consecutive game with a touchdown in the regular season or playoffs. The only players in NFL history with longer streaks of playing time are Lenny Moore (17 games), OJ Simpson (15 games) and John Riggins (15 games).

get tricky

Shanahan said the Niners have had the reverse flea flash in their game plan for some time, but only used it once in last year’s NFC championship game when McCaffrey was the quarterback in the game. They rehearsed the play this week, starting with the ball to McCaffrey, who handed it off to Samuel and then flicked a flea to Purdy.

Shanahan watched Detroit’s version of the game score in the afternoon and was encouraged.

“We plan to call it, but it’s helpful to see it work for other people,” he said.

Injury/inactivity

Cowboys: LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) left in the fourth quarter. … CB CJ Goodwin (shoulder) and Turpin (ankle) left in the first half and did not return.

49ers: LG Aaron Banks (biceps) left in the second half.

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Cowboys: Visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 16.

49ers: Visit Cleveland on Sunday.

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