Final

Patriots 49

(9-5, 5-2 away)

Raiders 26

(3-11, 1-6 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, December 14, 2008

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 21 14 7 749
OAK 7 7 6 626

Top Performers

Passing: J. Russell (OAK) - 242 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Morris (NE) - 14 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 6 REC, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Cassel's career-high four touchdowns help Pats pound Raiders

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Randy Moss pointed to his name on the back of his jersey after each touchdown catch, as if he needed to introduce himself to the fans who rarely saw that kind of performance in his two seasons in Oakland.

Moss caught two of Matt Cassel's career-high four touchdown passes in his first game against the Raiders since his trade to New England last season, leading the Patriots to a 49-26 victory Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Patriots won for the 10th straight time in the month of December.

• New England's 277 rushing yards was its biggest output of the season.

• Randy Moss had five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in Oakland since leaving the Raiders.

• The Raiders fell to 3-11 and have lost four straight home games.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"That's just Randy being Randy," said LaMont Jordan, who added a 49-yard touchdown run against his former team. "I was definitely happy for him, especially the way the Oakland media had no good things to say about him. ... We came here together to wear the Oakland uniform and to try to turn that program around. It didn't work out and we both left on bad terms."

While Moss and Jordan got a dose of revenge against their former team, this week was even more personal for Cassel, whose father, Greg, died Monday.

Cassel left the team briefly during the week to be with his family, but looked sharp by completing 18 of 30 passes for 218 yards. He received a warm hug from coach Bill Belichick after the game and cradled a ball as he walked to the locker room. Cassel thanked the team for the support he got but did not want to address anything else about his emotions.

"He was very professional this week," defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said. "He could have very easily said, 'I've got to go handle this,' but it just shows you the commitment he has to the team. To play with something like that on your heart is tough. I thank him for playing through that."

Cassel's play helped keep New England (9-5) in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East with Miami and the Jets. The Patriots are also tied with Baltimore for the second wild-card spot as they try to make it back to the playoffs despite losing star quarterback Tom Brady to a season-ending injury in the opener.

"We're approaching it like we're in the playoffs already, and each game has a little more weight to it," said Sammy Morris, who ran for 117 yards and a score.

The Raiders (3-11) fell behind 35-14 less than 18 minutes into the game, allowing the most first-half points against them since the merger in 1970. They also became the first team ever to lose at least 11 games in six straight seasons, the latest low point in a long stretch of them.

"It's tough to tell the guys to keep fighting, just to keep pushing, that things are going to turn around," said JaMarcus Russell, who threw two TD passes for Oakland. "Everybody looks at each other like, 'When?' It's really depressing."

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The fans had plenty to boo about, from the ineptness of the home team to every touch by Moss or Jordan, who never fulfilled expectations during their time in Oakland.

Moss arrived with much fanfare after his trade from Minnesota in 2005, getting a police escort on his way to the introductory news conference. Yet he quickly soured in the toxic environment with the Raiders, forcing a trade to New England before last season.

Moss revived his career immediately, setting a record with 23 touchdown catches last season to go with 10 this season. Moss capped New England's second drive of the game by beating Rashad Baker to the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard catch before preening for the crowd.

"There was a lot of focus in Randy this week," teammate Wes Welker said. "I think he really wanted to win this game and show what kind of a player he is."

He added a 9-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, pointing to his name once again. Moss finished with five catches for 67 yards.

The Patriots started fast, becoming the first team this season to score touchdowns on its first four offensive possessions. Cassel threw TD passes to Kevin Faulk, Moss and Welker, with Morris also scoring on a 29-yard run.

Ellis Hobbs returned a kick 95 yards for another score, giving New England five touchdowns in the first 17:14 of the game.

"We had some issues with communication there in the first half, getting everything matched up," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "We're not on the same page in terms of communication and that's something we've got to fix."

The Raiders trailed 21-0 before recording their initial first down. After Justin Fargas' 1-yard run on third-and-1 was greeted with mock applause, the Raiders generated some real cheers on the next play when Johnnie Lee Higgins caught a 56-yard TD pass for Oakland's second offensive touchdown in the first half all season.

The Raiders got another score when Justin Miller returned a kick 91 yards following Welker's touchdown, but that celebration was short-lived when Hobbs answered with his return. That was the third touchdown in a 28-second span.

Game notes


Commissioner Roger Goodell attended the game. ... New England's 277 yards rushing were its most since getting 281 against Cincinnati in 1985. ... The only time the Raiders allowed more points at home came in a 55-21 loss to San Diego in 1981.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
OAK
1st Downs2919
Passing 1st downs
1512
Rushing 1st downs
116
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
8-135-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays7162
Total Yards487334
Yards per play6.95.4
Total Drives1312
Passing210218
Comp-Att
18-3017-33
Yards per pass
6.46.2
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-82-24
Rushing277116
Rushing Attempts
3827
Yards per rush
7.34.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-42-2
Penalties4-207-45
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession30:4129:19

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel18/302187.3413-8
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Russell17/322427.6212-24
Bush0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris141178.4135
Jordan12978.1149
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fargas15704.7013
McFadden12463.8112

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker66911.5130
Moss56713.4220
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
McFadden36822.7027
Higgins36622.0156

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEOAK
neTD10:29Kevin Faulk 7 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yds, 3:00
70
neTD8:05Randy Moss 20 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 35 yds, 0:57
140
neTD3:50Sammy Morris 29 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 83 yds, 3:08
210
oakTD1:47Johnnie Lee Higgins 56 Yard Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yds, 2:09
217
SECOND QUARTERNEOAK
neTD13:19Wes Welker 13 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yds, 3:22
287
oakTD13:12Justin Miller 91 Yard Kickoff Return (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:00
2814
neTD12:59Ellis Hobbs Iii 95 Yard Kickoff Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 95 yds, 0:00
3514
THIRD QUARTERNEOAK
neTD11:42Randy Moss 9 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, 3:24
4214
oakTD5:07Ronald Curry 10 Yard Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 2:08
4220
FOURTH QUARTERNEOAK
neTD6:19Lamont Jordan 49 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 57 yds, 1:28
4920
oakTD1:59Darren Mcfadden 11 Yard Run (Jamarcus Russell Pass to Chaz Schilens For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 4:16
4926