Backup Quarterbacks Shine In San Francisco 49ers Win Over Oakland Raiders

August 29, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The main theme for most NFL football teams in the pre-season is that of inner competition. For many players, moments in pre-season games can make or break their chance to make it onto the 53-man roster. Two players did their best to solidify their backup quarterback roles when the Oakland Raiders hosted the San Francisco 49ers Saturday night.

Bruce Gradkowski is currently holding the backup role behind Jason Campbell for the Raiders. Campbell went down in Saturday’s game, and will likely miss the rest of the pre-season to avoid further injury. The former Toledo quarterback threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns. David Carr is another player looking to stay above water in the NFL, and showed late that he is still capable of running an offense.

BetUS sportsbook had set the game as a toss with the 49ers as one point favorites. With the final score reading 28-24, that line was easily covered. The over/under went over as the final score totaled 52 which was 15 over the 37-point line.

The Raiders’ offense looked good with Campbell at the helm, and they took the ball 81 yards down the field for the first score of the game. Michael Bush ran the ball in from a yard out to record his first and only touchdown of the game. San Francisco answered by getting into field goal range, but Joe Nedney missed a 37-yard try. The rest of the offensive series ended in punts for both teams.

Nedney redeemed himself by hitting a 28-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second quarter. The Raiders could not answer and were forced to punt. The 49ers took the lead on the return when Phillip Adams took a Shane Lechler punt 83 yards for the score. Alex Smith hit Josh Morgan up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown pass that brought the score to 17-7. Louis Murphy broke away from the defense on the next drive for the Raiders to score a 74-yard touchdown on a pass from Gradkowski. Murphy is currently third on the receivers depth chart according to the 2010 Oakland Raiders season preview.

The second half opened with a short San Francisco drive with Carr at the helm that ended in a punt. Gradkowski hit on another long touchdown pass, this time to Zach Miller for a 27-yard score. Shane Andrus hit a 38-yard field goal to close the gap to 20-21, but Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 57-yard field goal to cancel it out before the end of the quarter. If Campbell cannot return, Gradkowski would be the one facing the Raiders 2010 NFL matchups.

In the final quarter of play, Carr showed his desire to fill the backup role by leading the 49ers on an 17-play, 82-yard drive that took up 8:31. Anthony Dixon took the ball up the middle for the touchdown, and Carr hit Nate Byham for the two-point conversion that put them up by more than a field goal at 28-24. Byham is trying to earn the backup tight end position behind Vernon Davis according to the 2010 San Francisco 49ers season preview.

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