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Without Dez Bryant, Cowboys tied with Niners at halftime

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was inactive for Sunday’s game at San Francisco. He did a few drills before kickoff.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was inactive for Sunday’s game at San Francisco. He did a few drills before kickoff. AP

The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers were tied 14-14 at the half, but it was certainly the tale of two quarters early.

The Cowboys opened Sunday’s game without Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins and Orlando Scandrick.

It didn’t help that the Cowboys are 2-8 all-time without Romo and Bryant.

They then fell behind 14-0 as the defense had no answers for 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s fast-break offense early.

Former TCU star receiver Jeremy Kerley caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the 49ers’ opening drive of the game.

Running back Carlos Hyde then capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

The 49ers converted seven of their first eight third-down chances, as the defense seemingly had no answers.

But rookie quarterback Dak Prescott continued and his undaunted play.

Ironically, it was the 49ers who let the Cowboys back in the game when safety Jacquiski Tartt was flagged for a late hit on Prescott after a sack on third down.

The Cowboys quickly took advantage of their new life on the drive and put themselves right back in the game.

Prescott hit receiver Terrance Williams with perfect back-shoulder fade for a 20-yard touchdown.

The defense did their part to shut the 49ers down, giving Prescott the ball back with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the half.

Prescott completed eight of 10 passes for 58 yards, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler to make the score 14-14 at the half.

Prescott completed 15 of 21 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Prescott has now gone 120 passes since the start of the season without an interception.

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott had eight carries for 42 yards in the first half.

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