Ezekiel Elliott gained 219 yards from scrimmage and tied a career high with three touchdowns just days after a legal reprieve put his suspension on hold and the Dallas Cowboys beat the winless San Francisco 49ers 40-10 on Sunday.
Elliott was granted his second temporary restraining order on Tuesday, putting his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations on hold and then gave the Cowboys (3-3) a big boost on the field.
Elliott matched his season total of rushing touchdowns with two in the first quarter and then took a short pass from Dak Prescott 72 yards for another touchdown on Dallas’ first possession of the second half to put the 49ers (0-7) away. Elliott ran for 147 yards on 26 carries to go with the big catch, setting a career high in scrimmage yards in a game.
That performance spoiled the starting debut of rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, who was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and failed to lead the 49ers into the end zone until he scored on a run with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter.
Beathard finished 22 for 37 for 235 yards, but his fumble on a sack by DeMarcus Lawrence late in the first half ended a promising drive that went down to the 5.
The 49ers, the first team ever to lose five straight games by three or fewer points , were never really close against the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott won yet another reprieve from his six-game suspension. That means the Cowboys will have their star on the field when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order that placed his six-game suspension on hold once again and the Cowboys (2-3) need him as they try to end a two-game losing streak.
Elliott ran for a season-high 116 yards in the 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 5 and he looked like the running back who consistently shredded opposing defenses in 2016.
Having Elliott in the lineup will help make quarterback Dak Prescott’s job easier and keep the Cowboys offense humming. The Cowboys have averaged 32 points a game in their last three games.
The problem is they have allowed an averaged of 37 points a game in their losses.
The 49ers (0-6) started a youth movement on the roster to begin the season and now they have fully embraced going young.
Rookie C.J. Beathard will make his first career start at quarterback after coach Kyle Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer and inserted Beathard during the 49ers loss to Washington in Week 6.
The 49ers have been oh-so-close in their last five losses. Each of those losses have been by three points or less, including a 26-24 loss to Washington.