Raiders 24, 49ers 13

Here is beat writer Jerry McDonald’s early version game story:

Derek Carr engineered back-to-back 80-yard scoring drives in the second half and threw three touchdown passes Sunday as the Raiders beat the 49ers 24-13 at O.co Coliseum.

Coming against their cross-bay rivals before a sold-out bi-partisan crowd and a week after a 52-0 road loss to the St. Louis Rams, it was the most satisfying win of a long and difficult season as the Raiders improved to 2-11.

It was a crippling loss for the 49ers, who fell to 7-6 and face a tough road to reach the playoffs after making it to the conference championship game three consecutive seasons.

Carr, who completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards, had touchdown passes of 3 yards to Donald Penn on a tackle eligible play, 9 yards to Marcel Reece and 5 yards to Mychal Rivera.

The Oakland Raiders’ Vincent Brown (19) makes a catch against the San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid (35) in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) ( Dan Honda )

The Raiders also scored on season-long 57-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski on their first possession, set up by a Brandian Ross interception of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers scored on an 8-yard pass from Kaepernick to Bruce Miller and on field goals of 54 and 20 yards by Phil Dawson.

Rivera was open all day in the middle of the 49ers secondary, catching 7 passes for 109 yards, including 27-yard receptions on the two Raiders drives that helped decide the game.

Trailing 13-10 after Dawson’s 20-yard field goal, the Raiders drove 80 yards in eight plays, a drive that included Carr completions of 16 yards to Andre Holmes, 12 to Reece and 27 to Rivera.

The Raiders took the lead on a 9-yard slant from Carr to Reece against Donate Johnson on a third-and-1 play with an empty backfield.

Following a 49ers three-and-out, Carr did it again directing an other 80-yard drive that opened wit ha 22-yard pass to Holmes, had another 27-yard gain to Rivera on a third-and-8 and ended with Rivera outfighting Leon McFadden on a third-and-goal pass from the 5-yard line for the touchdown with 10:39 remaining.

The last time the Raiders had back to back touchdown drives was the 2013 season finale against Denver, a game in which they trailed 34-0 before scoring twice in the fourth quarter.

Kaepernick struggled throughout and threw his second interception with 2:36 to play to Charles Woodson, the 59th of his career.

It was the third time in the last four games the Raiders have played well on defense, with the only exception being the debacle the previous week in St. Louis.

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49ers 7, Raiders 3 — End of 1st Quarter

The Raiders struck first and seized quick control of the game Sunday. However, it proved to be short-lived, as the 49ers steadied the red-and-gold ship midway through the first quarter and regained all the momentum.
Safety Brandian Ross intercepted Colin Kaepernick on the first offensive play of the game, with Kaepernick rolling left, waiting for a receiver to get open but overthrowing the receiver and right to Ross.
That marked Ross’ first NFL interception and gave the Raiders the ball at their 49-yard line. A promising drive fizzled, in large part because of a personal foul penalty by right guard Austin Howard.
The Raiders settled for a Sebastian Jankikowski 57-yard field goal and the early lead. It stayed that way until the 49ers third possession.
Kaepernick connected with tight end Vernon Davis for 23 yards on the first play, with Davis taking the ball to the Raiders 37. Frank Gore netted 16 yards combined on back-to-back runs.
Then, on the pivotal play of the drive, Kaepernick completed a short pass to receiver Anquan Boldin for seven yards on a third-and-four play to the Raiders 8.
Kaepernick completed the 60-yard drive with a swing pass to fullback Bruce Miller, who was left uncovered out of the backfield. Miller caught the ball, turned upfield and cruised into the end zone untouched.
The Raiders reached midfield by the end of the quarter, with running back Latavius Murray busting off a nice 15-yard run on the final play.
Murray showed nice burst in blowing through a hole on the right side, then impressed with a sharp cut, great read and maximizing the run.

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Raiders promote TE Scott Simonson to 53-man roster

Press release from Raiders . . .

The Oakland Raiders have signed TE Scott Simonson to their active roster from the team’s practice squad, and placed S Jonathan Dowling on the reserve/injured list, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Saturday.

Simonson originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in May, and was waived by the team at the end of training camp before signing to the practice squad two days later.

He appeared in 36 games with 31 starts over four years at Assumption, totaling 104 receptions for 1,537 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a senior, he started all 11 games and led the team with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns.

Dowling, the Raiders’ seventh-round pick (247th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, appeared in seven games this year for the Raiders, posting three tackles (two solo), while contributing mainly on special teams.

Note: Dowling has been sidelined by a back injury.

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