Smith threw for 126 yards and an interception in coach Jim Harbaugh’s home debut, getting showered with a mix of boos and cheers in the San Francisco 49ers’ 17-3 preseason victory over the cross-bay rival Oakland Raiders on Saturday night.
“We improved from last week. but if we want to be the team we’re talking about being, we have to finish in the red zone and can’t turn the ball over,” Smith said. “In my thinking, those first few drives, we didn’t finish and then had the pick. Can’t do that.”
The game was also was marred by violence.
There was at least one fight in the lower bowl of the stadium during the game, which is not uncommon at any sporting event, let alone one between rival teams. but afterward, word began spreading quickly of another incident outside.
Two men were shot and injured in the parking lot, according to police. the victims are a 20-year-old man who is expected to survive and a 24-year-old man who is in a hospital with what authorizes said were life-threatening injuries.
The 49ers released a statement that they were aware of an incident and police were investigating. On the field, they took comfort in the small strides from last week.
While the running game racked up huge chunks of yards, the passing game wasn’t always crisp.
Smith was 8 for 13 and came up empty in the end zone. he had a pass intercepted by defensive end Matt Shaughnessy in the second quarter and led the 49ers to a field goal in one half of play.
The 2005 no. 1 overall pick at least left healthy. Oakland starting quarterback Jason Campbell didn’t return after taking a couple of blows on a scramble play in the second quarter. he was scheduled to have test for a concussion.
Bay Area fans might have left with more questions than answers about the two starting quarterbacks.
Although San Francisco’s offense was a complete turnaround after a 24-3 loss in the exhibition opener at New Orleans last week, Smith’s performance mimicked so many others from his previous six seasons: he anchored three long drives, showed signs of progress and made one major mistake.
With second-round pick Colin Kaepernick waiting on the sidelines, the pressure is on Smith to finally perform. Kaepernick threw for 52 yards on 6-for-8 passing and — like Smith — benefited in long drives by a strong running game led by Kendall Hunter, who finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
“There’s a lot to learn, new terminology and stuff like that,” Hunter said. “With new coaches, you just got to adjust and learn everybody and get used to everybody.”
The Niners opened with a 16-play, 79-yard drive that stalled 2 yards short of the goal line. the ensuing field goal attempt was botched because holder Andy Lee couldn’t corral the snap, throwing the ball away and injuring his hip getting pounded to the ground by defenders.
On the second drive, Smith tried to squeeze a pass to tight end Vernon Davis on the left sideline, Shaughnessy dropped into coverage and was gift-wrapped an interception. Smith walked off the field to a slight chorus of boos, the only cheers coming from Raiders fans.
Smith, the presumed regular-season starter, said he never saw Shaughnessy drop into coverage. Both Smith and Harbaugh believe it was an error in recognizing coverage and not a reminder of past mistakes.
“We talked about (the interception),” Harbaugh said. “We feel that’s a correctable thing. I know why it happened. we just have to do a little better job of our eyes.”
The best highlight of the night for the 49ers came when new receiver Braylon Edwards made a one-handed catch on the sideline for 32 yards on final drive for the first-team offense. San Francisco settled for a 23-yard field goal by David Akers, who also had one punt blocked filling in for Lee.
Not that the news was any better on the other sideline.
The Raiders already were without several key players because of injuries, notably receivers Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy and running back Darren McFadden. now they could be adding another to the list.
Campbell was hurt late in the second quarter when he scrambled to his left, was tackled by Justin Smith and appeared to take a knee to the helmet from linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Campbell was down on the ground briefly while being checked out by trainers.
“The ball got knocked out of my hands. I tried to go dive on it and caught a knee to the head,” Campbell said. “
He sat on the bench after being replaced by Trent Edwards, finishing with 74 yards passing. Sebastian Janikowski made a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for Oakland’s only score.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson, still searching for his first win at the helm of the silver and black, didn’t blame the injuries for the poor performance.
“That has nothing to do with tonight,” Jackson said. “Tonight we didn’t play Raider football. we didn’t play like a Raider. That’s just the truth. Let’s call it like it is.”
Hunter had a 52-yard TD rush in the third quarter and Xavier Omon ran for another from 5 yards out in the fourth quarter.
After losing 24-18 to the Arizona Cardinals in its preseason opener, Oakland didn’t exactly make any strides the second time out. the Raiders, who have struggled to find the end zone once they’re close, have only scored one touchdown in eight trips inside the 30 this preseason.
“I think we are still knocking some rust off,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “It is good to get out here and work with our teammates, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
NOTES: Raiders TE Kevin Boss had a left knee injury. … Lee was scheduled to undergo test on his hip. Harbaugh said he didn’t think the injury was serious.
Raiders QB Campbell leaves with injury
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell was knocked out of the Raiders’ exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night with a possible concussion after getting kneed in the helmet.
Campbell was hurt while scrambling on a play late in the second quarter. he lost the ball on the play and then got hit by defensive lineman Justin Smith and linebacker Ahmad Brooks as he fell to the ground to recover his own fumble.
“I tried to go dive on it and caught a knee to the head,” Campbell said. “We just have to run some tests and make sure it’s not a concussion.”
Campbell sat alone on the bench for the rest of the first half and did not come back to the field in the second half. he was going for tests Saturday night to determine whether he had a concussion. Campbell said he has had a slight concussion once before in his career.
This marks the second straight year that Campbell got hurt in an exhibition game against San Francisco. he got a stinger last year that affected him early in the regular season.
Campbell was 5 for 7 for 74 yards in two-plus series as the Raiders lost the game 17-3. Oakland did not score with Campbell on the field, going three-and-out on his first drive and failing to push it in after driving to the 1 in the second quarter.
Campbell completed a 22-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey that put the ball at the San Francisco 2. Campbell then rolled out on first down and appeared to have Kevin Boss open in the back of the end zone. but Campbell tried to run it in and was dragged down for a 1-yard loss by Patrick Willis.
“One thing we’re trying to learn is we have to finish,” Campbell said. “The only play I regret from tonight is probably that one. It’s a run first play but at the same time you should try to give him a shot in the back of the end zone.”
Michael Bush ran it to the 1 on the next play, but Marcel Reece was hit for a 1-yard loss on third down and Campbell got sacked when he had no open receivers on fourth down.
“We have to finish those drives down there with touchdowns,” coach Hue Jackson said. “That’s what the expectation is. again, we didn’t get it done.”
Campbell then got hurt after Oakland moved the ball into San Francisco territory on the next drive.
Boss also left the game with an injured left knee after getting by a helmet after a catch.
“It’s nothing serious, that’s for sure,” Boss said. “Take a little time to heal up.”
Two shot in S.F. parking lot after Raiders-49ers game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — a man wearing a shirt slamming the San Francisco 49ers was seriously wounded as gunfire erupted in the parking lot after the team’s NFL preseason game, while another man sustained lesser injuries in an earlier shooting, police said.
The violence occurred after the 49ers’ 17-3 victory Saturday night over the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
A 24-year-old man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for life-threatening injuries, and a 20-year-old man was hospitalized with less serious wounds, Andraychack told the Associated Press. their names were not released.
The violence comes months after a San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the teams’ season opener March 31. two suspects have been charged in the case.
Police Sgt. Frank Harrell said that in Saturday’s attack the 24-year-old man, who was wearing a T-shirt referring to the 49ers with an obscenity, was shot two to four times in the stomach, according to reports in the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. he drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to security, Harrell said.
The other man was shot before that in the parking lot and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.
“We are treating it as separate shootings, but we believe they are related,” Harrell told reporters outside the stadium.
Harrell said police took a man in a Raiders jersey off a party bus before it left the stadium and were calling him a suspect.
The suspect and the two victims had all attended the game, Harrell told the newspapers.
The 49ers issued a statement acknowledging the shootings and the investigation, but offering no further details.
In violence during the game, the Oakland Tribune reported that a 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a men’s restroom. Police said he was hospitalized and a suspect was arrested. There was no immediate indication that it was connected to the postgame shootings.
In the Giants fan attack in March, the two men accused in the beating, Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have pleaded not guilty.
Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic, suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.
Stow’s doctor said this month that he has made “significant improvement” despite a series of ups and downs since his near-fatal attack. he said Stow is awake, breathing on his own, can move slightly and has been able to interact with his family.
The attack drew widespread attention and focusing the spotlight on security at Dodger Stadium, and the intense rivalry among Dodgers and Giants fans.
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