San Francisco 49ers Notch First Win Of The Season, Defeat Raiders 17-9

October 17th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

In one of the less interesting match-ups of the weekend, Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Oakland Raiders 17-9 in a penalty-filled display of poor execution.

Niners quarterback, Smith struggled early and at one point the crowd turned on him. Chanting for replacement David Carr, things looked bad for the San Francisco starter until he quieted down the critics with second half-touchdown passes to receiver, Michael Crabtree and tight end, Vernon Davis. Crabtree made the go-ahead 32-yard TD grab on the last play of the third quarter while Davis got his 17-yard nab with a little over seven minutes remaining in the third.

Running back, Frank Gore did his part to the tune of 149 yards on the day.

Smith ended the day on a 16-for-33, two touchdown and 196 yard performance. The game marked his first turnover-free effort of the new season.

Nevertheless, what Smith avoided in turnovers against the Raiders his team more than made up for in the form of 11 penalties for a total of 143 yards. Still, the team was able to overcome all of their mistakes en route to their first victory of the season. The team’s start to the new year was the worst since the Niners lost the first seven games of the season in 1979.

On the other side of the field, kicker, Sebastian Janikowski ended up being the offensive star for a poorly-performing Raiders group that opted to kick three field goals from the 27, 24 and 40 yard lines.

The group also accumulated eight penalties for a loss of 60 yards on the day.

Quarterback, Jason Campbell filled in for an injured Brue Gradkowski and finished the game with an 8- for-21, 83 yard performance. The Oakland line had their own issues protecting the quarterback to the tune of two sacks.

The game could be described as “sloppy” at best with neither team particularly impressing spectators. After the second half, the Niners had accumulated 123 yards in penalties and 137 yards of offense.

The game was billed as a match-up of teams that have each gone seven straight years without a winning
record.

Early in the year, the Niners were the trendy pick to win the division before their horrendous start.

The Niners just barely covered the spread in this game, as USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting Odds set them as a seven-point favorite to get the win.  The game’s total of 26 points also took the under.

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