Raiders 20

(0-4, 0-2 away)

49ers 34

(2-3, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, October 8, 2006

Monster Park, San Francisco, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 3 10 0 720
SF 7 0 14 1334

Top Performers

Passing: A. Smith (SF) - 165 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Gore (SF) - 27 CAR, 134 YDS

Receiving: R. Curry (OAK) - 4 REC, 94 YDS

Despite Moss' 100th TD catch, Raiders fall to 0-4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the last three miserable seasons, the Bay Area has been home to two bad NFL teams.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Different Sunday, same story for the Raiders.

For the second consecutive week, they got off to a solid start in the first half and proceeded to play terribly in the second half. What it really boils down to is while the opposing head coach is making halftime adjustments, Art Shell and offensive coordinator Tom Walsh are not.

The Raiders' offense actually looked good at times against a marginal 49ers defense, but eventually too many turnovers doomed them. Quarterback Andrew Walter was benched in the second half for Marques Tuiasosopo, so you can expect the Raiders quarterback carousel to spin again this week.

At least the San Francisco 49ers can prove they're getting better.

Arnaz Battle caught two touchdown passes from Alex Smith, and the 49ers overcame Randy Moss' 100th career TD reception with a strong second half in a 34-20 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Frank Gore rushed for a career-high 134 yards and third-string running back Maurice Hicks scored on a 33-yard screen pass for the rebuilding 49ers (2-3) as they rebounded emphatically from last week's 41-0 loss at Kansas City. They also overcame a halftime deficit against the Raiders (0-4), who added another discouraging loss to their streak of 10 straight.

"It's big to win the Battle of the Bay, but it's bigger to get our season back on track," said Battle, who had just three TDs in his previous 36 NFL games.

John Clayton's blog
Now that the Raiders are off to an 0-4 start and Randy Moss keeps talking about how the players don't care, expect trade interest in wide receiver Jerry Porter to heat up. The trading deadline is a week from Tuesday. If there is a trade -- which is still remote because the Raiders want Porter to pay back $4 million of his signing bonus -- his best chance is to land in the AFC East.

The Patriots are sniffing around, but the Dolphins might be the more active team. Wide receiver Marty Booker hurt his right shoulder Sunday against the Patriots and the Dolphins need to upgrade speed at receiver. Porter can obviously offer that.

Having lost seemingly winnable games against the Browns and 49ers, the Raiders face the possibility of going 0-9 with games coming up against Denver (twice), Arizona, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It's time to start thinking about next season if you are the Raiders.

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Walt Harris made three of San Francisco's four interceptions, and the Niners scored 24 straight points after halftime to roll past their cross-water rivals in just the iconic franchises' 11th regular-season meeting.

Such a rare occasion should be cause for excitement in Northern California, where pro football is the most popular sport. But these bragging rights aren't worth much.

The teams are at perhaps the lowest collective point in their histories, with three straight losing seasons apiece and slow starts to this campaign -- including the longest losing skid in Al Davis' decades with the club.

But this meeting was entertaining even while Smith, Gore and the 49ers' defense took charge in the second half.

"We're improving almost every week, and I think this is just the start," Harris said. "You can see us learning and getting better. We've had a lot of adversity, and we continue to work."

The 49ers also won for offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who spent the last two years as Oakland's head coach. Turner's game plan worked well against his former Raiders, wearing down the defensive front with steady rushing before hitting a handful of big passes.

Career TD reception leaders
1. Jerry Rice197
2. Cris Carter 130
3. x-Marvin Harrison 111
4. x-Terrell Owens 102
5. x-Randy Moss 100
-- Tim Brown 100
-- Steve Largent 100
8. Don Hutson 99
9. Don Maynard 88
10. Andre Reed 87
x -- active

"I'm human, and I really [know] that the team always comes first, but there are personal things that come in, and it feels good," said Turner, who got the game ball from coach Mike Nolan.

The Raiders added another awful week to their streak, struggling on offense and getting beaten physically on defense. They were finished off by another of the boneheaded mistakes that have occurred constantly during their second 0-4 start since 1964.

With 10½ minutes to play, LaMont Jordan dropped a lateral pass from Andrew Walter and then stood watching as rookie lineman Melvin Oliver returned the free ball 12 yards for the score, putting San Francisco up 31-13.

"Yes, I'm disappointed. No, I did not expect to be at this particular point in the season," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "I expected that we'd be much better and competing within our division. We're not doing that right now."

Walter threw two interceptions in his second career start and backup Marques Tuiasosopo added two more. Moss had five catches for 52 yards despite rarely running hard.

"I don't see any improvement with what we're doing," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "We don't make a play. We don't make an adjustment to get momentum back on our side."

Smith went 15-of-19 for 165 yards in the 2005 No. 1 pick's fourth victory as a starter in the Niners' last seven games. Gore had another outstanding game, also picking up 38 yards on three catches -- and for the first time this season, he didn't fumble.

Moss dropped a pass in the end zone after Stanford Routt intercepted Smith's first throw of the second quarter. The Raiders had to settle for Sebastian Janikowski's second field goal.

Oakland went ahead 13-7 late in the second quarter, with Walter coolly directing an 81-yard drive ending in Moss' 22-yard TD catch between two defenders 51 seconds before halftime. Moss, who has ripped the Raiders' desire and speculated about being traded this season, is the seventh receiver in NFL history with 100 TD catches.

But rookie linebacker Manny Lawson blocked Shane Lechler's punt on Oakland's first possession of the second half, and the Niners went ahead for good on Battle's second TD catch.

"There's too many missed tackles," said Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert, who made nine tackles. "The running back is going down the field, and I have to make the tackle 8 yards downfield. You can't have that. ... You can't have your free safety leading the team in tackles."

Game notes

Oakland leads the series 6-5. ... San Francisco LT Jonas Jennings sat out parts of the game with a sprained wrist ... Courtney Anderson caught a TD pass from Tuiasosopo with 6:23 to play, just the second TD throw of the six-year backup's career.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1818
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5660
Total Yards370330
Yards per play6.65.5
Total Drives1112
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

sfTD7:32Arnaz Battle, 4 yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 7:34
oakFG0:46Sebastian Janikowski 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 59 yds, 6:46
oakFG14:03Sebastian Janikowski 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 0:50
oakTD0:55Randy Moss, 22 yd pass from Andrew Walter (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 81 yds, 1:09
sfTD12:30Arnaz Battle, 6 yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yds, 0:57
sfTD3:35Maurice Hicks, 33 yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:47
sfFG11:00Joe Nedney 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 27 yds, 3:29
sfTD10:36Melvin Oliver, 12 yd fumble return (Joe Nedney kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 12 yds, 0:00
oakTD6:29Courtney Anderson, 8 yd pass from Marques Tuiasosopo (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 61 yds, 12:38
sfFG4:05Joe Nedney 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 21 yds, 2:34