Silver linings: 49ers at Cowboys

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The 49ers fell to 3-8 following a 35-22 road defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Vernon Davis made another significant contribution in the passing game with a 47-yard reception.

  • Isaac Bruce finished with eight receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.

  • Shaun Hill finished strong. He had 303 yards and two touchdowns with a rating of 100.9.

  • The 49ers' highly penalized offensive line suffered no penalties. San Francisco finished with two penalties for 10 yards.

  • Manny Lawson, a force on special teams this season but not on defense, continued to become more involved. He collected the 49ers' only sack.

I'll take a closer look at the game Tuesday. Some of the 49ers' younger players -- Jason Hill and Chilo Rachal come to mind -- did not appear to make much of an impact.