Final

Raiders 33

(1-0, 1-0 away)

49ers 30

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 14, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 3 10 7 1333
SF 3 3 7 1730

Janikowski kicks four field goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- No matter how much they're asked, Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins insist there's no quarterback competition on the Oakland Raiders.

And new coach Norv Turner again made it clear Gannon's his No. 1 guy.

Gannon came out throwing in his first game back from shoulder surgery and looked like his old self Saturday. But Collins, his strong-armed backup, was the one who got the Raiders into the end zone in their 33-30 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night.

"It's a competition from the standpoint we're trying to beat the other team, and that's it," Collins said. "My approach is to do the best I can do regardless of the situation. I thought Rich played really well tonight. I don't worry about it. I really want to take advantage of the preseason and a chance to play and run the offense. This is my time to work on things."

Gannon was 9-for-15 for 69 yards, with his longest completion a 16-yarder to Amos Zereoue.

Gannon completed seven of 12 passes in the Raiders' opening drive that led to Sebastian Janikowski's 26-yard field goal -- the first of his four field goals, including a 21-yarder to break a 27-27 tie with 6:28 remaining, and the winning kick from 40 yards as time expired.

Kirk Yliniemi kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:53 left to tie it at 30.

Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP, was knocked out of the Raiders' 17-10 loss to Kansas City last Oct. 20 and had shoulder surgery in November.

"It went well," Gannon said Saturday. "I thought we put together some good plays. We'll get a chance to look at it on film and make the corrections and hopefully get better next week."

Collins directed an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, capped by a pretty 34-yard pass along the left sideline to Doug Gabriel.

The 31-year-old Collins led the Giants to a Super Bowl appearance in 2001, but was cut this April 28, four days after New York acquired No. 1 draft pick Eli Manning. Some believe Collins, who threw for 3,110 yards with 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season, might take the starting job from the 38-year-old Gannon.

Janikowski kicked a 46-yard field goal as the first half expired. Tyrone Wheatley, the featured back in Turner's offense, rushed for 33 yards on five carries, with one 18-yard run.

"We have a lot of things we can work on, get a handle on. A lot of things we can fix and correct," Turner said.

The Raiders were penalized 21 times for 215 yards, including an unsportsmanlike call against tight end Teyo Johnson. He caught a 36-yard pass from Marques Tuiasosopo, then did two push-ups over the defender he beat.

"I didn't know the guy was under me -- I feel horrible about it," Johnson said. "It could have cost us the game."

Tuiasosopo, Oakland's No. 3 QB, hit rookie Carlos Francis for a 36-yard TD to put the Raiders ahead 20-13 in the third quarter. The Niners tied it when Arnaz Battle scored on a 61-yard punt return, but that lasted just 11 seconds because Francis ran the kickoff 87 yards for a score.

The 49ers tied it again on Cody Pickett's 21-yard TD pass to Gabe Crecion with 9:30 left. Tuiasosopo and Pickett are both former University of Washington quarterbacks.

Ken Dorsey, the 49ers' starting quarterback in place of injured Tim Rattay (sore forearm), led San Francisco on a 67-yard scoring drive in the team's first offensive series. But the Niners settled for Todd Peterson's 26-yard field goal.

"We've got to be able to finish," coach Dennis Erickson said. "We've got to be able to get touchdowns instead of field goals."

Peterson's second field goal of the game, a 25-yarder, was set up by Dorsey's 31-yard completion to Eric Johnson.

"It was a good start," Dorsey said. "It's a lot faster and more intense. It's a lot different from what I'm used to. As the game went on, I had more confidence."

Terry Jackson's 7-yard run for San Francisco tied the game at 13 in the third quarter.

Game notes


The Niners played their first game without receiver Terrell Owens and quarterback Jeff Garcia. Garcia was cut in the offseason and Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles after first being traded to Baltimore. ... Niners fullback Fred Beasley left in the first quarter with a high left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative. ... Both teams were without holdout franchise players: Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson and San Francisco linebacker Julian Peterson.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Oakland
San Francisco
1st Downs1923
3rd down efficiency
7-142-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards451307
Yards per play7.55.4
Total Drives22
Passing348198
Comp-Att
24-3918-28
Yards per pass
8.97.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-19
Rushing103109
Rushing Attempts
2126
Yards per rush
4.94.2
Penalties21-24612-85
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession29:3530:25

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Tuiasosopo10/1619111.9100-0
Collins5/88811.0100-0
SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dorsey8/12947.8001-8
Pickett5/78912.7100-0

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wheatley5336.6018
Hambrick5234.607
SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hicks6366.0016
Robertson8293.608

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson26331.5056
Gabriel36220.7134
SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crecion37625.310
Johnson24723.5031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKSF
FG6:41SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 26 YD 30
FG11:23TODD PETERSON 26 YD 33
SECOND QUARTEROAKSF
FG8:32TODD PETERSON 25 YD 36
TD11:50DOUG GABRIEL 34 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) 106
FG14:56SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 46 YD 136
THIRD QUARTEROAKSF
TD2:54TERRY JACKSON 7 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK) 1313
TD9:29CARLOS FRANCIS 36 YD PASS FROM MARQUES TUIASOSOPO (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) 2013
FOURTH QUARTEROAKSF
TD2:56ARNAZ BATTLE 61 YD PUNT RETURN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK) 2020
TD3:07CARLOS FRANCIS 87 YD KICKOFF RETURN (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) 2720
TD5:30GABE CRECION 21 YD PASS FROM CODY PICKETT (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK) 2727
FG8:32SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 21 YD 3027
FG13:07KIRK YLINIEMI 38 YD 3030
FG15:00SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 40 YD 3330