By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Oak–Louis Murphy 24-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski kicks PAT), 8:45
SF–FG Joe Nedney 21, 1:59
– Someone explain why Jeff Garcia came in with 1:59 left to go in the half. Here’s a perfect chance for Russell to run a two-minute drill in a game situation with developing wide receivers, and instead here comes Garcia, done it hundreds of times.
Garcia got the Raiders into 49ers territory before he overthrew Johnnie Lee Higgins while avoiding a rush and stepping up in the pocket, with Allen Rossum intercepting the pass.
– Joe Nedney capped a Coffee-fueled 76-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal, with Mike Singletary apparently really wanting to know his team can convert an extra point when it needs one.
Coffee gained 64 yards on nine carries on the drive, giving him 129 yards on 16 carries for the game. He opened it with a 35-yard bolt, and the Raiders didn’t rise up and stop him until Sam Williams and Tommy Kelly stopped him for a three-yard loss back to the 4-yard line.
– Russell saved a seemingly wasted drive with a 24-yard touchdown strike on third-and-23 against a blown 49ers coverage. It capped a seven-play 59-yard drive with 8:45 left in the half.
Nate Clements, the same guy who intercepted three passes during one practice and was shouting, “They can’t compete,” was responsible. He also was the one who let the Raiders get in position for the score wtih a desperation grab of Johnnie Lee Higgins’ jersey for a 22-yard penalty to the 13.
From there, the Cornell Green got an ineligible receiver downfield penalty, and Samson Satele was called for holding on an otherwise well-executed screen to Justin Fargas inside the 5.