Around the NFC West: 49ers no match

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Charean Williams of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram says 49ers cornerback Nate Clements expressed confidence even after watching Terrell Owens top 200 yards receiving.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle puts Clements' rough day in the context of a team struggling more with results than motivation.

Also from Crumpacker: Manny Lawson's strong performance stood out as a rare positive for the 49ers. Lawson collected the 49ers' only sack.

More from Crumpacker: A report card noting how the offensive line wasn't better with rookie Chilo Rachal replacing Tony Wragge.

And this from Crumpacker: Takeo Spikes says the 49ers aren't a bad team, but they do lack confidence and the belief that they'll win no matter what.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider offers drive-by-drive coverage and commentary, plus a critique of the KNBR radio team.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat questions Mike Martz's play calling in the red zone. Martz went pass-run-pass on two first-half opportunities.

Also from Maiocco: Play-by-play coverage featuring a note calling for the 49ers to give Lawson more playing time.

More from Maiocco: A report card with a D-plus for coaching.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes in his play-by-play coverage that the 49ers came out throwing deep when the Cowboys were probably expecting Frank Gore to run.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' blown red-zone chances set an ominous tone. Meanwhile, Owens finished with the second-most receiving yards of his career. He previously had more yards for the 49ers in Jerry Rice's final game with the team.

Also from Brown: The Cowboys were pleased to hold Gore to a long run of 7 yards.