It took six long weeks and it was not entirely pretty, but we’ll take it.
It did not look good in the early going, but the team finally put it together in the fourth quarter and put the game away. Crabtree and Davis had touchdown receptions in the second half and showed us glimpses of what we have been expecting from them since the start of the season.
Alex Smith played his best statistical game of 2010 going 16-33 with 196 yards and 2 touchdowns. The most important stat is probably that he had ZERO turnovers. Coming into the game, Smith lead the league in interceptions but today, he played a mistake-free game. While I was not entirely satisfied with his production, he proved that when he plays mistake-free, the 49ers chances of winning greatly are improved.
The Raiders also helped the 49ers. Replacing the injured Bruce Gradkowski, Jason Campbell and the offense never got going. Campbell finished the completing only 8 of his 21 pass attempts for 83 yards and two interceptions. If the Raiders had any chance of a comeback, the second interception put that to an end. On the ensuing drive, the 49ers held the ball and finished the game with a win.
Frank Gore finally broke out and had himself a nice game. He ran the ball 25 times for 149 rushing yards, the bulk of it coming on a 64-yard run. This is the kind of game though that the 49ers have needed from Gore since the beginning of the season.
The defensive unit also had a nice day, not allowing any touchdowns. A unit that was allowing their opponents to score at will, held the Raiders to just 9 points. The Raiders had a total of 179 yards of offense.
Even though the team had its flaws in the game, the 49ers need to make something of this positivity and build on this win. They travel to the East Coast and take on the winless Carolina Panthers next week, a game they should win.
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