A week after their 52-0 implosion in St Louis, the Raiders came out strong against the 49ers. It started from the first play of the game. Colin Kaepernick escapes the pocket left and goes down the sideline for Michael Crabtree where Brandian Ross comes over from his free safety position to pick it off. The Raiders were get possession at midfield look to strike first.
Things looked promising after Derek Carr scrambled for 11-yards. But after a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Austin Howard, they would settle for a 57-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
On the 49ers ensuing drive, they would convert a third and 15 with an 18-yard pass to Crabtree, but would find themselves in 3rd and 11 three plays later where Kaepernick was sacked by Benson Mayowa and they would be forced to punt the ball away.
The Raiders had no such success on their next possession and punted after a three-and-out and a net loss of three yards. That's when the 49ers woke up.
They began their drive at their own 39-yard line and drove 51 yards for the score. On the drive Kaepernick hit Vernon Davis for a 23-yard gain. The drive was finished off with an 8-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Bruce Miller to give the 49ers a 7-3 lead.
The Raiders too would get back on track on their ensuing drive. Not surprisingly it was due in part to a big 15-yard run by Latavius Murray that put the Raiders in 49ers territory at the 49-yard line. Then in 3rd and 9, Carr connected with Vincent Brown for 20 yards. He followed that up with a strike on a post pattern to Mychal Rivera to put the Raiders at 1st and goal at the 7-yard line. A few plays later, left tackle Donald Penn reported eligible and Carr threw it to him for the touchdown from three yards out. Raiders take 10-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Suddenly it was turning into a back and forth affair, with the 49ers moving down the field again. Their drive was courtesy of two-straight penalties in the Raiders secondary - a pass interference on Tarell Brown and a holding penalty on D.J. Hayden. They lined up for a 54-yard field goal and Phil Dawson drilled it, but they were called for holding on the kick and were forced to punt instead.
It was turning into a field position battle. With the Raiders starting their drive at the 11-yard line, they moved to near midfield before the drive stalled. Then Marquette King launched a 53-yard punt that was downed at the 5-yard line.
Kaepernick was sacked on second down and on third and 10, the pass fell incomplete, forcing the 49ers to punt out of their own endzone. T.J. Carrie would field the punt and return it 8 yards into 49ers territory at the 47-yard line. They were unable to do anything with it but lose yards and punted it back to the 49ers who began their drive at their own 8-yard line.
With 1:42 left in the first half, the 49ers drove into scoring position and added a 52-yard field goal to send the two teams into the half tied at 10-10.
The Raiders got the ball to start the second half but again could do nothing with it. The 49ers on the other hand, with the help of a big return of 23 yards by Bruce Ellington to the Oakland 46-yard line. They would drive it all the way to the 2-yard line before being stopped short of the goal line. Phil Dawson would add a field goal from 20 yards out to put the 49ers ahead 13-10.
The Raiders would respond in a big way, with an 80-yard touchdown drive. It was highlighted by a 16-yard pass from Derek Carr to Andre Holmes and a 27-yard pass to Mychal Rivera to put the Raiders in scoring position at the 18-yard line. Carr would finish it off three plays later on third and one with a completion to Marcel Reece over the middle for the touchdown and a 17-13 lead.
The defense holds for the Raiders and the 49ers went three and out along with Colin Kaepernick being called for his third delay of game penalty of the game.
When the Raiders got the ball back, they were back to moving the ball on the 49ers defense. Carr was picking the 49ers apart with big chunks of yards down the field. He hit Andre Holmes for 22-yards and then Mychal Rivera who was wide open for 27 yards.
Mychal Rivera would have two more catches on the drive. The first went for 8 yards and put Rivera at 104 yards on the day. It is his first 100-yard receiving day of his career. The second was from 5 yards out for the touchdown and a 24-13 Raiders lead with 10:43 left in the game.
The 49ers needed two scores to get back in it. They drained over five minutes off the clock, and were forced to convert a fourth down and two. They wouldn't get much farther, and knowing they needed a field goal eventually, opted to take the points now. Phil Dawson lined up for a 47-yard field goal attempt... and missed it.
The missed field goal all but ensured the Raiders would close this one out up by 11 points with just over five minutes left in the game. They took the ball and ran it a few times, taking a minute and a half off the clock then punted it back to the 49ers who began their drive at their own 23-yard line with 3:19 remaining.
On the first play of the drive, Khalil Mack burst into the backfield to sack Colin Kaepernick. On second down, Mack got pressure again and chased down Kaepernick, forcing an incomplete pass. Then on third and 15, Charles Woodson picked it off to seal the win.
After the Raiders ran some clock, the 49ers got the ball last and Khalil Mack finished it officially with his second sack of the game.
The 49ers came into the game 7-5 in third place in the NFC West. The remain in third now but only a game ahead of the Rams and two game behind the Seahawks.
The Raiders pull to 2-11 on the season.
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|Oakland Raiders (2-11-0)|
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