The 49ers will play their preseason home opener against the other Bay Area team, the Oakland Raiders. The fact that it is a preseason game hasn’t toned down the rivalry for the Battle of the Bay.
Cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Carlos Rogers are not suited up so Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown will get the start.
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Ted Ginn was deep to return the opening kickoff and brought the ball out the the 23. The 49ers strung together their best drive of the season, lasting nearly 10 minutes. They attempted a 20-yard field goal on the 18th play of the drive, but the snap was bad. Andy Lee tried to throw the ball away and was shaken up on the play.
The 49ers then forced the Raiders to go three and out. The 49ers started to move the ball well on their next drive. Alex Smith got drilled by a middle blitz, but held on and delivered a great ball to Joshua Morgan for a gain of 32. On the 8th play of the drive, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy dropped into coverage and picked off Smith’s pass intended for Vernon Davis.
Standout Stat: The 49ers have run 23 total plays. The Raiders have run just four.
Highlight Reel: The 32-yard completion to Morgan was probably the highlight. Smith knew he was going to get hit, but stood in the pocket and threw a strike.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers have to be disappointed not to have the lead at this point. They’ve dominate thus far, but a botched field goal attempt and an interception have hurt them. Now, the Raiders will have a good opportunity to take the lead given the good field position.
Campbell was aided by a great play by Heyward-Bey as he leaped over Chris Culliver at the 2. That’s as far as the Raiders would get as the defense came up big. Oakland went for it on 4th and goal, but LB Parys Haralson beat the left tackle and dropped Campbell for the sack.
The 49ers then strung together an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive that lasted 5:49. The highlight was a one-handed catch by Braylon Edwards down the left sideline with Walter McFadden defending. Kendall Hunter also had some nice runs on the drive. The 49ers couldn’t get the ball in after a 1st and goal at the 10, but Akers connected on a 23-yard field goal.
SCORE: 49ers 3 – Raiders 0
The Raiders threatened on their final drive of the half. Jason Campbell was shaken up on a Justin Smith sack and Trent Edwards entered the game. After being backed up due to penalties, Edwards took a shot deep and was picked off by Tarell Brown. Colin Kapernick entered the game at quarterback for the final few plays before halftime.
Standout Stat: The 49ers have dominated time of possession. They had the ball for 20:06. Raiders time of possession was just 9:54.
Highlight Reel: Braylon Edwards made the best play for the entire preseason with his one-handed grab that helped set up the 49ers field goal.
Put it in Perspective: Harbaugh has to be pleased that his team has put together 17 and 11-play drives. After the game against New Orleans, he said he wanted his team to execute better and protect the quarterback. They’ve done just that, not allowing a single sack.
The 49ers defense did it’s job to start the half. Phillip Adams was deep on the punt, which was downed by the Raiders at the 35.
Kendall Hunter extended the 49ers lead, breaking tackles and going 53 yards for the touchdown. It was just the second play of the drive.
SCORE: 49ers 10 – Raiders 0
Not a good sign for the 49ers as David Akers came on to punt. He got good hang time on the 44-yard punt. Andy Lee was shaken up early in the game and came back on to hold.
Standout Stat: The 49ers have just allowed on sack today.
Highlight Reel: Kendall Hunter showed his potential with a 53-yard touchdown run. The speedy back definitely adds another dimension to the 49ers running game.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers have just allowed one sack today after Harbaugh said they have to do a better job protecting the quarterback. Kendall Hunter now has 105 yards rushing on just 9 carries. The defense has also made some big stops including two interceptions and a sack on 4th down.
Jim Harbaugh began to lean more on the run giving carries to Xavier Omon who made the most of his carries. Omon finished with 62 yards rushing and the 49ers racked up 239 yards on the ground as a team.
Standout Stat: The 49ers had nearly twice as many first downs as the Raiders (25-13)
Highlight Reel: You have to love it when the team can close out the game in the victory formation.
Put it in Perspective: Harbaugh attributed his team’s performance to a solid week of practice. He knew they needed to execute better on offense and pick up the blitz. The 49ers did both and it showed up in the stats. The 49ers will have a tough test next week in their third preseason game, always the most important of the preseason, when they play the Texans. As Harbaugh would say, tonight’s game was definitely an “arrow up.”
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