And new coach Norv Turner again made it clear Gannon's his No. 1
Gannon came out throwing in his first game back from shoulder
surgery and looked like his old self Saturday. But Collins, his
strong-armed backup, was the one who got the Raiders into the end
zone in their 33-30 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the
exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night.
"It's a competition from the standpoint we're trying to beat
the other team, and that's it," Collins said. "My approach is to
do the best I can do regardless of the situation. I thought Rich
played really well tonight. I don't worry about it. I really want
to take advantage of the preseason and a chance to play and run the
offense. This is my time to work on things."
Gannon was 9-for-15 for 69 yards, with his longest completion a
16-yarder to Amos Zereoue.
Gannon completed seven of 12 passes in the Raiders' opening
drive that led to Sebastian Janikowski's 26-yard field goal -- the
first of his four field goals, including a 21-yarder to break a
27-27 tie with 6:28 remaining, and the winning kick from 40 yards
as time expired.
Kirk Yliniemi kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:53 left to tie
it at 30.
Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP, was knocked out of the Raiders' 17-10
loss to Kansas City last Oct. 20 and had shoulder surgery in
"It went well," Gannon said Saturday. "I thought we put
together some good plays. We'll get a chance to look at it on film
and make the corrections and hopefully get better next week."
Collins directed an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the
second quarter, capped by a pretty 34-yard pass along the left
sideline to Doug Gabriel.
The 31-year-old Collins led the Giants to a Super Bowl
appearance in 2001, but was cut this April 28, four days after New
York acquired No. 1 draft pick Eli Manning. Some believe Collins,
who threw for 3,110 yards with 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions
last season, might take the starting job from the 38-year-old
Janikowski kicked a 46-yard field goal as the first half
expired. Tyrone Wheatley, the featured back in Turner's offense,
rushed for 33 yards on five carries, with one 18-yard run.
"We have a lot of things we can work on, get a handle on. A lot
of things we can fix and correct," Turner said.
The Raiders were penalized 21 times for 215 yards, including an
unsportsmanlike call against tight end Teyo Johnson. He caught a
36-yard pass from Marques Tuiasosopo, then did two push-ups over
the defender he beat.
"I didn't know the guy was under me -- I feel horrible about
it," Johnson said. "It could have cost us the game."
Tuiasosopo, Oakland's No. 3 QB, hit rookie Carlos Francis for a
36-yard TD to put the Raiders ahead 20-13 in the third quarter. The
Niners tied it when Arnaz Battle scored on a 61-yard punt return,
but that lasted just 11 seconds because Francis ran the kickoff 87
yards for a score.
The 49ers tied it again on Cody Pickett's 21-yard TD pass to
Gabe Crecion with 9:30 left. Tuiasosopo and Pickett are both former
University of Washington quarterbacks.
Ken Dorsey, the 49ers' starting quarterback in place of injured
Tim Rattay (sore forearm), led San Francisco on a 67-yard scoring
drive in the team's first offensive series. But the Niners settled
for Todd Peterson's 26-yard field goal.
"We've got to be able to finish," coach Dennis Erickson said.
"We've got to be able to get touchdowns instead of field goals."
Peterson's second field goal of the game, a 25-yarder, was set
up by Dorsey's 31-yard completion to Eric Johnson.
"It was a good start," Dorsey said. "It's a lot faster and
more intense. It's a lot different from what I'm used to. As the
game went on, I had more confidence."
Terry Jackson's 7-yard run for San Francisco tied the game at 13
in the third quarter.
The Niners played their first game without receiver
Terrell Owens and quarterback Jeff Garcia. Garcia was cut in the
offseason and Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles after first
being traded to Baltimore. ... Niners fullback Fred Beasley left in
the first quarter with a high left ankle sprain. X-rays were
negative. ... Both teams were without holdout franchise players:
Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson and San Francisco linebacker