The 49ers had visions of hoisting another Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. After Sunday they may as well start thinking about offseason vacations which can start in early January.
The Niners fell to the awful one-win Raiders Sunday, losing badly 24-13, this to a club that was shutout by the Rams 52-0 a week ago on the road.
The defense for the Niners played soft all day, unable to do much against rookie QB Derek Carr, who looked more like Ken Stabler for the Raiders.
Carr completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and completely outplayed counterpart Colin Kaepernick as the Raiders (2-11) won their second straight home game.
With a second straight loss the 49ers (7-6) are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in coach Jim Harbaugh’s four-year tenure.
San Francisco is two games out of the second wild-card spot with three games remaining after making three straight NFC title games.
With all the rumors about Harbaugh getting shown the door via trade this offseason, it looks as if he will be leaving the team with his last meaningful game being the NFC Title game loss to the Seahawks.
Carr rarely faced any pressure, giving him plenty of time to find open receivers downfield.
He hit Mychal Rivera down the middle for a 27-yard gain and completed all five of his passes for 73 yards on the go-ahead drive capped by a 9-yard pass to Marcel Reece that made it 17-13.
After a three-and-out by the 49ers, Carr led the Raiders to their first consecutive TD drives of the season with a 5-yard scoring strike to Rivera, who had a career-high 109 yards receiving.
The 49ers’ chance at a comeback ended when Kaepernick was sacked on third down from the Oakland 25 and Phil Dawson missed a 47-yard field goal with 5:03 to play.
Kaepernick then threw an interception to Charles Woodson with 2:36 left to seal it.
Kaepernick finished 18 for 33 for 174 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and five sacks as San Francisco failed to score 20 points for the sixth time in seven games.
The game got off to a rough start for the 49ers. Kaepernick threw an interception to Brandian Ross on the first play from scrimmage, setting up a 57-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
The Raiders went back ahead 10-7 on a 3-yard touchdown pass to 330-pound tackle eligible Donald Penn, who bowled over Eric Reid at the goal line and then leaped into the Black Hole for a beer-doused celebration.
It was Penn’s third career TD catch and second against the Niners, having also caught one in 2010.