On the strength of Josh Jacobs rushing, the Raiders got out to a 3-0 start over the Packers. The Packers would answer and drive for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. It would take a few drives for Derek Carr to get going, but eventually he did, leading the Raiders on a long drive for a touchdown to retake the lead at 10-7.
Carr started 1-4 for 16 on the Raiders first couple drives. But from there he went 9 for 9 for 9 for 87 yards and a touchdown. It looked like he had a touchdown to Darren Waller, but it was called back by a holding penalty on fill-in right tackle David Sharpe. But the Raiders persisted and eventually Carr found his other tight end Foster Moreau for the score.
Rodgers took the ball and marched the Packers back down the field for a touchdown. And he made it look easy, finishing it off with a swing pass to Jamal Williams from two yards out to put the Packers up 14-10.
The Raiders would have one more shot to score before the half. They got the ball with 3:27 remaining. For that, Carr went to Waller. First on a 16-yard grab along the sideline, then finding him wide open over the middle for 48 yards. He was tripped up just shy of the goal line, once again losing out on his first TD as a Raider.
Then Carr tried to get cute and for the second time in two seasons, he tried to dive for the pylon and let go of the ball. It went through the end zone for a touchback. No score. And with over a minute left in the first half, the Packers drove right down to score a touchdown to take a 21-10 lead at the half.
At the half, the Panthers were averaging 2.7 yards per play compared to 7.5 from the 49ers. Carolina had 76 yards while San Francisco had 254. It was a dominating performance by a team that has dominated every opponent to date.