The Oakland Raiders, fresh off a 52-0 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, pulled off what might have been the biggest upset of the season. Behind three touchdowns from rookie QB Derek Carr, Oakland picked up their second win of the season in a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco had a chance to pull within three in the fourth quarter, but kicker Phil Dawson's 47-yarder sailed wide left. The drive had chewed up over 5:30 of game time, and coming up empty was a massive blow to the 49ers' comeback effort.
This can't be how Derek Carr envisioned his rookie season going, but wins like this have to keep him (and the Raider fanbase) optimistic for the future. Carr finished 22/28 with 254 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs, and he continues to impress even without any elite (or even consistently above-average) targets. Rookie LB Khalil Mack (two sacks) and TE Mychal Rivera (7 catches for 109 yards and a TD) also impressed.
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This result ends Oakland's 13-game losing streak against NFC opponents, and Oakland now has just one less home win on the season than San Francisco.
On The Way Out?
With speculation swirling about Michigan, Oakland, and a number of other possible destinations, it's hard to imagine Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines in San Francisco next year.
San Francisco now faces a trip to Seattle with their playoff hopes on the line, and this can't be the kind of momentum they wanted to take into that game. Oakland, playing for nothing but pride, will visit Kansas City to play the Chiefs, the team they beat in Oakland last month.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed