Third quarter: 49ers 21, Cowboys 14

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers headed into the final quarter with a 21-14 lead.


No Tony Romo: On the third play of the game, Tony Romo took a shot to the ribs, then got knocked down on a reverse and again on another pass play. Romo's ribs are bothering him so much, he didn't start the second half. Romo has a fractured rib but returned with 37 seconds to play in the third quarter. Romo tried to start the second half, but the team doctor pulled him from the field. Jon Kitna's first possession at quarterback resulted in an interception. But his second possession, after an Alan Ball interception, ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin to tie the game at 14-14.

Bad Kitna: While Kitna threw the touchdown pass to Austin, he does have two interceptions in this game. The last led to the 49ers' go-ahead score. Kitna threw behind wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and the pass was intercepted by Tramaine Brock. On the first offensive play after the turnover, Alex Smith found tight end Delanie Walker, who beat Anthony Spencer down the sidelines for a 29-yard score with 42 seconds to play to give the 49ers a 21-14 edge.

Murray getting significant time: Felix Jones is playing with a right shoulder injury, so rookie DeMarco Murray was getting some time over Tashard Choice. When the quarter ended, Murray had rushed for 11 yards on just four carries. But it's clear the Cowboys want to see what they have in Murray, who is the future backup to Jones.

Bad special teams play: After the Cowboys tied the game, kicker David Buehler sent the ensuing kickoff to the 49ers 8. It was a directional kick but it was a strange call because Buehler was doing a good job of sending kicks into the end zone. Kendall Hunter returned the kick 43 yards. The good news, at least for the Cowboys, is the 49ers didn't score.