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Raiders fall to cross-bay rival 49ers 17-3

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by , 08-20-2011 at 10:07 PM (1550 Views)
The Oakland Raiders dropped their second preseason game, losing to the San Francisco 49er’s 17-3 at Candlestick Stadium on Saturday night.

San Francisco welcomed their rivals from across the bay with a 79-yard drive to the Raiders 2-yard line. There, Oakland’s defense stalled the driving offense and forced a David Akers field goal attempt. Holder Andy Lee botched the snap, resulting in an interception to Raiders starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

After an Oakland three and out, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy gave the Raiders starting defense just what they needed with quarterback Alex Smith driving San Francisco’s offense on their second drive. On their own 36-yard line, Shaughnessy dropped back into zone coverage and intercepted Smith’s 3rd-down pass to Vernon Davis.

With wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Chaz Shilens out with injury, Raiders rookie Denarius Moore recieved his first start, opposite of Heyward-Bey. Campbell quickly found the rookie on consecutive plays, a 17-yard completion up the middle, and an 11-yard catch that brought Oakland to the San Francisco 35-yard line.

Campbell wasn’t done throwing to the rookie. Campbell looked for Moore deep in the end zone a couple of plays later, but Moore’s acrobatic catch was made just out of bounds.

Campbell connected with Heyward-Bey on the ensuing play, who made a nice leaping catch over a defender to bring Oakland to the San Francisco 2-yard line. After a couple of failed plays netting zero yardage, head coach Hue Jackson went for it on 4th and goal but Campbell was sacked causing the Raiders to come up empty.

Oakland continued their struggles in the red zone. Following an Akers field goal, Oakland’s offense made it to the red zone before consecutive penalties by offensive lineman pushed them back to the 32-yard line.

Raiders quarterback Trent Edwards, who entered the game after a hard hit took Campbell out, threw an ill-advised pass into double coverage which was intercepted by cornerback Tarell Brown.

Kyle Boller started the second half for the Raiders and orchestrated the offense to its only points, a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Though, Boller also threw an interception of his own on a 4th and 2 pass to his fullback Manase Tonga.

San Francisco ran all over the Raiders, finishing with 239 total rushing yards. Kendall Hunter led the rushing attack with 105 yards on 9 carries on both Oaklands first- and second-string defenses. Xavier Omon added his own 5-yard touchdown with 3:39 remaining in the game.

Despite only scoring three points, Oakland can take away some positives on offense. Heyward-Bey finished with two catches for 40 yards; Denarius Moore had two catches for 28 yards; and Campbell finished 5-7 for 74 yards and no interceptions before leaving the game with an injury.

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