The 49ers go up against their cross-town rivals, the Oakland Raiders, tonight in the “Battle of the Bay!” The game is blacked out locally, but will air on tape delay at 9:00 pm PT on CW 44 Cable 12. If you want live updates from Oakland Coliseum, stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter!
Before the game, the team announced that Aubrayo Franklin signed his Franchise tender and will be made available to the media at 3:45 in the postgame press room. We’ll have updates from his press conference.
Here’s the video of Franklin’s press conference before the game:
I just came back up from the field. Michael Crabtree is not suited up and will not play. Kyle Williams, Will James, Brandon Long, Ahmad Brooks, Eric Heitmann, Tony Curtis, Aubrayo Franklin and Vernon Davis.
Rock Cartwright returned the opening kickoff for the Raiders, who will begin their drive from the 19. 1st and 10, the give is to Michael Bush up the middle for a gain of 6. 2nd and 4, Campbell was pressured off the edge but stepped up and completed the pass to Bush for a 4-yard gain and a first down. 1st and 10, Campbell had plenty of time and hit Heyward-Bey down the middle of the field for a gain of 21. 1st and 10, Campbell found a wide open Marcel Reece for a gain of 34 yards. 1st and 10 from the 15, Bush got the carry, but was met at the line of scrimmage for a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Campbell hit Heyward-Bey on a quick slant and was thrown down by Goldson after a gain of 7. 3rd and 2, Bush got the carry but the 49ers were called for offsides. 1st and goal from the 4, Bush ran straight ahead and nearly got in. 2nd and goal from the 1, Bush carried the ball behind the left side of the line for the touchdown.
Raiders 7 – 49ers 0
The 49ers converted a 3rd and 2 early in their drive as Alex Smith hit Josh Morgan between two defenders. On the next play, Frank Gore got the carry and ran 39 yards up the left sideline. 1st and 10, Gore picked up 9 yards on the carry up the middle. 2nd and 1, Gore fumbled the ball but was able to recover. 3rd and 4, Delanie Walker was flagged for a false start. 3rd and 9, Smith rolled right out of the pocket and tried to hit Walker on the sideline, but he was unable to hang on to the pass. Nedney’s 37-yard attempt was pushed wide right and the Raiders maintain the touchdown lead.
The 49ers defense held strong on the next drive, holding the Raiders to a three and out thanks to a tackle for loss by Patrick Willis on second down and an incomplete pass on 3rd down.
The 49ers began their next drive from the 32 and Smith immediately launched the ball down the right sideline for Walker who couldn’t make the catch. 2nd and 10, Anthony Dixon got the carry and tried to stretch the play to the left but was brought down for a 2-yard loss. 3rd and 12, Smith hit Zeigler on the slant. Zeigler was drilled by Huff and couldn’t hang on. Higgins returned the punt to the 20-yard line.
1st and 10 from the 20, Willis blitzed untouched up the middle and took down McFadden for a loss of 4. 2nd and 14, Campbell hit McFadden who was wide open on the right side for a big gain. The Raiders were called for illegal formation and instead of converting the first down, they’ll move back to the 11. 2nd and 18, McFadden got the carry up the middle and was tripped up after a gain of 1. 3rd and 18, Campbell hit McFadden out of the backfield but he was short of the first down. Lechler had a nice punt, which was returned by Phillip Adams out to the 34.
1st and 10 from the 34, Smith hit Walker on the slant and Walker beat his man and followed a block by Morgan for a big gain. Morgan was flagged for a block in the back and the 49ers will have a first down at the 38.
1st and 10, Smith hit Norris in the right flat who followed Josh Morgan down the right sideline for a gain of 13. 1st and 10 at the 25, Dixon got the carry up the middle and moved the pile for a pickup of around 10 and the officials will come on to measure. 2nd and inched, Norris gets the carry for no gain. 3rd and inches, Gore got the carry, but the Raiders got great penetration and Gore couldn’t pick up anything. 4th and inches, Smith threw for Ginn who was being held by Asomugha and the 49ers will get the first down after the penalty. 1st and 10 from the 10, Dixon got the carry and tried to bounce it out to the left. The Raiders defense pursued well and stopped him for no gain. 2nd and 10, Smith tried to hit Byham on the right sideline but the rookie couldn’t make the catch. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Byham right on the hands, but the TE looked like he didn’t see it coming. Byham may have been able to turn up field and have a shot at the score, but the 49ers will instead settle for a 28-yard field goal.
Raiders 7 – 49ers 3
***Joe Staley has a knee sprain and is out***
The Raiders returned the kick to the 26. 1st and 10, Willis blitzed up the middle and dropped Campbell for a loss of 11. 2nd and 21, Campbell his Reece on the screen for an 11-yard pickup. 3rd and 10, Campbell’s pass for Murphy fell incomplete. Rookie Phillip Adams showed he may have the ability to make an impact on special teams, returning Lechler’s punt all the way back for a touchdown.
49ers 10 – Raiders 7
1st and 10 from the 18, Manny Lawson came in and stopped the run for no gain. 2nd and 10, Travis LaBoy came off the left edge and drilled Campbell for the sack. Campbell was hit hard and was attended to by trainers on the field and eventually had to be carted off. Bruce Gradkowski will come into the game for Oakland. 3rd and 17, Gradkowski hands off to Bush up the right side for a gain of 6. Robinson came off the left edge and was nearly able to block the kick by Lechler. Adams let the punt bounce and the 49ers will get the ball at their own 40-yard line.
1st and 10, Smith was pressured and flushed from the pocket to the right side and his pass went out of bounds. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Norris in the left flat. Norris picked up 8 after being upended and landed pretty hard on the turf. 3rd and 2, the 49ers were called for delay of game. 3rd and 7, Smith escaped the pressure and hit Zeigler who made a great leaping fingertip catch. 1st and 10 at the OAK 49, Iupati was called for a false start. 1st and 15, Smith hit Morgan over the middle for a gain of 9. 2nd and 6, Michael Westbrook got his first carry around the left side for no gain. 3rd and 6, Smith handed to Westbrook out of the shotgun. Westbrook had a nice hole up the middle and picked up the first. 1st and 10 at the 28, Smith hit Ginn over the middle. Ginn made some nice moves to avoid the first tackler and gained 8. 2nd and 2, Dixon got the carry up the middle for the first down and the clock will stop at the two-minute warning.
1st and 10, Dixon got the carry and could only pick up 1 up the middle. 2nd and 9, Smith had his choice of three receivers open as he escaped the pressure, but found Josh Morgan for the 16-yard touchdown.
49ers 17 – Raiders 7
Yamon Figurs returned the kick out the 27. The ball was fumbled but Oakland was able to recover. 1st and 10, Gradkowski hit Murphy on the left sideline for a gain of 10. Flags came out after the play as some of the players got into it on the sideline. The Raiders were called for a personal foul. They got the first down, but will back up 15 yards. 1st and 10, McFadden caught the ball out of the backfield and was forced out of bounds after a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Gradkowski hit Louis Murphy who beat Reggie Smith by several yards and outran everyone for the score.
49ers 17 – Raiders 14
Guillory fielded the kickoff and was hit hard right at the 19. 1st and 10, Rachal was called for a false start. 1st and 15, Dixon got the carry up the middle and rumbled ahead for 6 yards. The 49ers will let the clock run out on the rest of the half.
Guillory takes a knee in the end zone on the kickoff and Carr comes into the game replacing Smith. 1st and 10, Dixon carries the ball up the middle for a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, Carr threw for Ginn who had the ball batted away from in front of him. 3rd and 6, Dixon moves the chains after keeping his feet moving and breaking tackles. 1st and 10 from the 33, Carr’s pass for Ginn down the right sideline falls incomplete. The 49ers were called for a false start. 2nd and 15, Dixon picks up just 1 on the carry to the left side. 3rd and 14, Carr threw the ball at the feet of Dixon after not finding an open receiver. Balogun drew a block in the back penalty on the punt.
1st and 10 for the Raiders from the 28, Gradkowski hits Bush on the quick slant for a gain of 11. 1st and 10 from the 39, Bush found a hole inside and ran through it for a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, Gradkowski had Murphy open on the right side on a comeback, but Murphy couldn’t make the grab. 3rd and 5, Gradkowski’s pass for Miller was batted down by Clements. It won’t matter though as Haralson was called for offsides and the Raiders get the first down. 1st and 10 at the 50, Gradkowski tried to hit Heyward-Bey, but a diving Haralson may have got a piece of it. 2nd and 10, the Raiders were called for holding on the toss play to Bush. The 49ers declined the penalty. 3rd and 10, Eric Pears was called for a false start. 3rd and 15, Gradkowski somehow got the ball past Willis to Heyward-Bey for the first down. 1st and 10, McFadden got around the left side for a 9-yard gain. 2nd and 1, McFadden picked up the first down, diving forward for a gain of 2 yards. 1st and 10 from the 27, Gradkowski hit Miller who beats Lewis on a deep slant and the Raiders take the lead.
Raiders 21 – 49ers 17
The Raider were called offsides on the kick and the 49ers will make them kick it once more. Kevin Jurovich made the most of the second kick, taking it back 48 yards. 1st and 10 from the 49, Carr hit Dixon crossing right for a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Dixon showed some power and he got some nice blocks on the right side of the line and didn’t go down easily on his way to a 6-yard gain. 3rd and 2, Carr tried to hit Walker, but the ball was batted down. 4th and 2, Carr tried to hit Grant deep on the right sideline. Grant couldn’t make the catch, but the Raiders were flagged for pass interference and the 49ers will get the 1st down at the 20. 1st and 10, Dixon couldn’t find any running room and was stopped for no gain. 2nd and 10, Carr escaped pressure and was able to throw it away. 3rd and 10, Carr calls timeout. 3rd and 10, Carr got out of the pocket and threw it away to avoid the sack. Andrus connected on the 38-yard field goal to cut the Raiders’ lead to 1.
Raiders 21 – 49ers 20
Jarrett Brown was in on the kickoff coverage and made the tackle. 1st and 10 from the 22, the receiver slipped on the route and Gradkowski threw it away. Gradkowski was able to convert on the 3rd and 19, dumping it to Cartwright for a gain of 25. 1st and 10, Mays made the tackle on the run after a 4-yard gain. 2nd and 6, Gradkowski hit Nick Miller on the comeback for the first down. 1st and 10, the Raiders were called for a false start. 1st and 15, Cartwright picked up 5 on the carry up the middle. 2nd and 10, Gradkowski hit Cartwright on the screen. Bowman tracked him down for a loss of 1. 3rd and 11, Bowman was able to stop the Raiders short of the first down. Janikowski connected on the 57-yard field goal.
Raiders 24 – 49ers 20
Jurovich took a knee on the kickoff for a touchback. 1st and 10, Carr pulled the ball down and took off for a 3-yard gain.
2nd and 7, Carr hit Zeigler on the slant for the first down. He was hit hard, but Zeigler held on. 1st and 10, Carr was pressured as he rolled out and got rid of the ball. 2nd and 10, Carr again got rid of the ball, tossing it out of bounds as he avoided the sack. Carr called timeout before the next play. 3rd and 10, Carr hit Zeigler for a gain of 9 and Andy Lee will come on to punt. Balogun made the special teams tackle at the 15-yard line.
1st and 10 from the 15, Gradkowski hit Figurs along the right sideline for a gain of 8. 2nd and 2, Michael Bennett got the carry around the left side, but there was a flag on the play. The referee announced that there was no flag for holding however. 1st and 10 from the 35, Grandkowski hit Figurs on the left sideline on a comeback for 10 yards. 1st and 10, Gradkowski connected with Watkins on the right side for 7 yarrds. 2nd and 3, Bennett was stopped by Kristick for no gain as the 49ers defense did a good job of string the run wide left. 3rd and 3, Gradkowski rolled out of the pocket and tried to hit Ford, but Adams was there to break it up. Swayze Waters came on to punt and rolled it into the end zone for a touchback.
1st and 10, Carr hit Zeigler on the slant for a gain of 12. 1st and 10, Dixon got some blocks on the left side to pick up 8. 2nd and 2, Dixon got the carry behind the right guard and picked up enough to move the sticks. 1st and 10, Carr hit Zeigler on the right sideline and picked up 8 and Zeigler was able to turn up field. 2nd and 2, Dixon got a nice block from Alex Boone and was able to pick up 8. 1st and 10 from the OAK 40, Carr hit Dixon crossing to the right side for a gain of 7. 2nd and 3, Carr’s pass to Zeigler was incomplete. 3rd and 3, Carr ran for the first, hurdling a defender and taking a hit. Carr showed some toughness, signaling first down after the hit. The 49ers called timeout. 1st and 10 at the 28, Carr wasn’t on the same page with Zeigler as Carr threw for him on a quick out. 2nd and 10, Carr gave it to Dixon who had a nice run up the middle for 9 yards. 3rd and 1, Caulcrick picked up the first down on a straight ahead run. 1st and 10, Dixon caught the ball out of the backfield and made two men miss to pick up 6. 2nd and 4, Dixon got the carry once more and had a nice run up the middle for a gain of 5. 1st and goal from the 4, Robinson came in for Dixon and got down to the 1-yard line. 2nd and goal, Dixon leaped on the carry but was upended for no gain. TWO MINUTE WARNING 3rd and goal, Dixon got the carry behind the right guard for the touchdown. Byham catches the two-point conversion pass from Carr to put the 49ers up by four.
49ers 28 – Raiders 24
That’s it for the blog as we’ll have to run down to the field. Our apologies for the late posting, there were Internet issues at the Coliseum press box. Stay tuned for more coverage postgame.
Here’s some video from NinerCam following the game:
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