The San Francisco 49ers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 37-34 in overtime Sunday. Here’s what you require to recognize:
49ers kicker Robbie Gould missed out on a 41-yard attempt to win it in the closing seconds of regulation, forcing overtime.
Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham tossed an interception in the first belongings of overtime. Gould retaliated his earlier miss, hitting the 23-yard game winner.
The Raiders fall to 6-10 and are eliminated from playoff opinion. The 49ers improve to 12-4 as well as have actually won 9 in a row.
Raiders’ initial game post-Derek Carr
The first day of life after Derek Carr was pretty good. Stidham threw for 365 backyards and 3 goals, driving the Raiders to a touchdown to link the video game and also send it to overtime. He also competed 34 yards and his escapability was key in the Raiders going out to a 24-14 lead.
The Raiders constantly blow double-digit leads and also the would lose in overtime after Stidham’s second interception. They are formally removed from the playoffs at 6-10 however they preserve their top-10 draft choice as well as Stidham offers the brass some things to consider.
The 49ers, with a significant crowd benefit when traveling, sleep-walked via the initial fifty percent yet the Raiders’ protection is really bad. Particularly without damaged Chandler Jones and Denzel Perryman.
Evaluating Stidham’s performance
Stidham stunned everyone. When instructor Josh McDaniels introduced the Raiders were benching nine-year starter Carr this week, his concept that part of the thinking was to get a consider what Stidham can do was promptly dismissed by those on the outside looking in. In action, all Stidham did was light up the 49ers– that got in the video game with the very best scoring protection in the organization– in his first career start. He’s remained in train McDaniels’ system considering that 2019 going back to their years together with the Patriots, so everybody understood he was familiar with the system, yet his ability to translate that into outcomes on the area was mostly unidentified offered he hadn’t played any type of meaningful breaks for the Raiders this season and also got in the game with simply 61 passing attempts in his four-year occupation.
Not just did Stidham make a variety of nice tosses, yet he regularly utilized his legs to escape sacks, create additional time to make plays downfield and also rush for favorable yardage. That included an element to the violation that the Raiders have actually just been lacking this period. His 2 interceptions were significant, however the very first was a tipped pass and also the second was a result of one of his offensive electrician getting pushed into him as he mosted likely to throw. Both plays still contributed to the Raiders ultimately losing, but that does not negate just how well Stidham played on the whole.
Stidham’s revealing would certainly’ve gone over versus anyone, but to do this against a 49ers defense that’s offered groups hell all year is absolutely nothing except remarkable. He sparked arguably the very best offending performance for the Raiders this season as they installed 34 factors and got 500 total backyards. There’s no reason to discuss the top– Stidham most likely isn’t going to remain in consideration to be the Raiders’ full-time starter beyond this period– but he still should have a ton of credit scores for flat-out balling in this one. As well as, from a wider perspective, it’s respectable evidence for the Raiders to justify their choice to move on from Carr this offseason, which is all but guaranteed now.
49ers’ defense struggles
The 49ers’ defense had a hard time a lot throughout a lot of the video game, permitting 500 yards of overall crime to the Raiders as well as their back-up quarterback Stidham. But the 49ers delivered when it definitely mattered, registering 2 goal-line drop in the very first fifty percent prior to scratching two interceptions in the second fifty percent.
The 2nd one of those picks came when Gipson Sr. intercepted Stidham after Nick Bosa delivered a throw-altering pressure, and that established the game-winning basket in overtime.
The 49ers’ best defender came with at the largest time. This protection and this group are developing a propensity for that. The 49ers have won nine straight.
Evaluating Brock Purdy’s performance
The novice quarterback, that simply transformed 23 this past week, had charmed with his composure and self-confidence throughout concerning a month at the helm instead of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. But Purdy hit a harsh patch down the stretch versus the Raiders. He missed out on 3 shots downfield that could’ve broken open the game for the 49ers, including an underthrow to George Kittle that rather ended in an interception for the Raiders. For the very first time in his NFL job, Purdy looked unstable against a constant diet of aggressive Las vega strikes.
However 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan dialed up destructive changes– as well as they entailed continuing to trust his quarterback. Purdy awarded that trust with several clutch links to Brandon Aiyuk down the stretch. Those set up screen passes that penalized the Raiders’ blitzes and also sustained a sterling 49ers’ finish on violation. Purdy completed 22-35 for 284 backyards and, many substantially, showed a capability to get better from a tough stretch under extreme stress.
49ers lean on McCaffrey
If this game had been played last season you obtain the feeling that Deebo Samuel would certainly have gouged a Raiders protection that has actually dependably faded in 2nd halves this season and also was flagging late on Sunday. Instead, the 49ers leaned heavily– extremely heavily– on Christian McCaffrey, that established his blocks perfectly and also that had an extremely Deebo-like 38-yard catch and run late in the 4th quarter that set up San Francisco’s final goal.
After ordering a brief screen, McCaffrey quit and waited on his blockers to capture up, then raked over cornerback Amik Robertson before being taken down at Las Vegas’ 14-yard line. McCaffrey do with 193 backyards from skirmish– 43 percent of the group’s total amount– and had greater than 100 hurrying lawns for the third time in the last four video games.
His 37-yard run in the initial quarter likewise placed him over 1,000 hurrying yards for the 3rd time in his occupation. Could he accomplish 1,000 rushing and also obtaining yards for the second time in his career? That’s extremely unlikely– he would certainly need 293 receiving lawns in following week’s finale against the Cardinals.– Barrows
Highlight of the game
— NFL (@NFL) January 2, 2023
Adams went beyond Tim Brown for the majority of single-season obtaining backyards in Raiders franchise history.
Davante Adams now has 15 career games with 100+ receiving yards and multiple receiving TD.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 1, 2023
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Last Updated: 1 January 2023