Raiders Lose Heartbreaker to 49ers 21-20

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The San Francisco 49ers defeated The Oakland Raiders at Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 2009 Pre-Season Week 2 action. Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell completed 7 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a 24-yard TD to rookie WR Louis Murphy.

The Raiders won the opening coin toss, elected to receive and went three-and-out on their opening possession. The 49ers picked up a first down and moved out to their own 45 before the Raiders defense forced a punt. P Andy Lee's 55-yard punt bounced into the end zone for a touchback and the Raiders offense took over at their own 20 with 10:50 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders second drive stalled near midfield. Allen Rossum returned Ricky Schmitt's 45-yard punt 1-yard to the 16. Later in the drive, LB Ricky Brown picked off a tipped Smith pass and returned the interception 46 yards to the San Francisco 12-yard line.

A throw from QB JaMarcus Russell to TE Zach Miller put the Raiders at the 49ers' 4, put the Raiders were unable to punch it in and turned the ball over on downs after an unsuccessful 4th and goal play. The first quarter ended with no score and Shaun Hill entered the game at quarterback for the 49ers to start the second quarter. The drive ended when the 49ers failed to convert no 4th and 2 at the Raiders 40. Oakland took over with 12:29 left in the second quarter.

QB JaMarcus Russell's 24-yard TD pass to rookie WR Louis Murphy capped a 7-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:44 off the clock and gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 8:45 left in the 2nd quarter.

The 49ers drove to the Raiders 4 before having to settle for a K Joe Nedney field goal attempt. Nedney's 21-yard field goal capped a 13-play, 76-yard drive and cut the Raiders lead to 7-3 with 1:59 left in the second quarter.

Jeff Garcia entered the game at quarterback and drove the Raiders into 49ers territory. Rossum picked off a pass that glanced off WR Johnnie Lee Higgins' hands. The 49ers ran a couple of plays as the clock ran out. The Raiders took a 7-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Nate Davis entered the game at quarterback and started the second half for the 49ers. San Francisco drove to the Raiders 33 before having to settle for a 51-yard Nedney field goal attempt which was no good. The Silver and Black took over at their own 41 with Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback.

The Raiders took a 14-3 lead when Gradkowski connected with rookie TE Brandon Myers for a 2-yard touchdown that capped an 8-play, 59-yard drive.

The 49ers responded as they capitalized on Raiders turnovers. QB Nate Davis hooked up with TE Delanie Walker for a short touchdown pass and a two-point conversion, K Alex Romero made a 28-yard field goal attempt and RB Kory Sheets scored on a 5-yard TD run to give the 49ers a 21-14 lead in the 4th quarter.

QB Charlie Frye led the Raiders on a late drive. Frye capped off an 8-play, 67-yard drive with a 14-yard scramble for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the 49ers led 21-20 with 3:30 left to play.

The Raiders forced the 49ers into a three-and-out, but a fumbled punt return gave the 49ers a first down at the Raiders 27.

The Raiders, 1-1 on the pre-season, take on the New Orleans Saints next Saturday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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