Raiders and Niners collide for only the 13th time
Unlucky 13 in the Battle of the Bay
Oakland and San Francisco on the western coast of the United States of America boast two of the high Black of Oakland as they have meandered on by so much that this season has been nothing but a struggle. For the Red and Gold of San Francisco though, they’re enjoying their football, if not the overall end product.
When you consider the history of the National Football League, and the respective histories of both the Niners and Raiders, it’s surprising the statistic as to how little a number of times the neighbours have clashed. Tonight though will be an unlucky thirteenth for one of those sides.
The first meeting was in 1970 and, with six wins a piece over the ensuing 44 years you can see why there is emphasis on the game that will take place in Oakland’s Coliseum. The game is likely to see the 500th point scored in the fixture which has seen several high scoring results down the years. For Raiders fans though they’ll fear the worst after a recent whitewash against St. Louis.
Back in the seventies there was three meetings, two of which were in Oakland and, after the Niners won the opener 38-7 the Raiders took over. A 35-24 score in San Fran was sharp followed by a 23-10 on home soil by the Silver and Black.
The eighties would see a further three meetings with the Raiders again winning two of them. A 34-10 result in Oakland for the Niners in 1985 was sandwiched between two away wins, 23-7 and 9-3 in 82 and 88 respectively.
Into the nineties and two clashes would be witnessed in the first half with a win apiece on home soil, the Raiders winning 12-6 in Oakland and the Niners claiming an impressive 44-14 score at Candlestick Park.
Since the Millenium this meeting will be the fourth between the two sides as the Niners currently hold a heavy upper hand. The Raiders may have claimed victory in the first clash of the Millenium with a high scoring 34-28 success on away ground in 2000, but the Niners are unbeaten in their last three claiming 23-20 (2002), 34-20 (2006) and 17-9 (2010) victories.
The Raiders have, in fact, had more success in the Battle of the Bay when as Los Angeles than they’ve had in Oakland winning three from five compared with three from seven.
20 December 1970 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland Raiders 7 San Francisco 49ers 38
After a relatively even opening quarter it was one way traffic for the remainder of the game. Bruce Gossett opened with a 49 yard FG for the Niners for a 3-0 open but the Raiders rallied to lead 7-3 at the end of the first, Raymond Chester crossed having received a 29 yard pass from Darlyle Lamonica, kicker George Blanda supplying the finishing touch.
After that it was the John Brodie show as the quarterback supplied three touchdown passes for Ted Kavalick, Gene Washington and Bill Tucker respectively. Ken Willard finished the scoring with a rush score of his own at the end of fourth as Gossett added five kicks to the opening salvo.
27 October 1974 Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers 24 Oakland Raiders 35
The Raiders tied the series at one apiece in a high scoring encounter at the Candlestick in an exhilarating contest that wasn’t really settled until the final quarter. The Niners led three times through Larry Schreiber, a Bruce Gossett FG from 37 yards and Delvin Williams; Terry Beasley even extended the home sides lead deep in the third claiming the second of Tom Owen’s releases, Gossett even adding three kicks.
The boot of George Blanda (five kicks) and the throws of Ken Stabler were enough to see the Raiders home though as the Silver and Black quarterback supplied Cliff Branch (from 64 yards) and Dave Casper with Pete Banaszak and Harold Hart also crossing, the latter after a 40 yard fumble.
4 November 1979 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland Raiders 23 San Francisco 49ers 10
A low scoring, low yardage encounter was settled by Breech and Stabler with the latter twice supplying passes for Branch to head home; Breech, as well as his two kicks, provided an 18 yard FG attempt to open the scoring. The response from the Niners arrived in the second quarter when a Phil Francis touchdown was coupled with a kick and a 39 yard FG from Ray Wersching.
12 September 1982 Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers 17 Los Angeles Raiders 23
A see-saw affair in San Francisco looked to be heading in the direction of the home side after they came from behind and led going into the final quarter. Joe Montana was instrumental, as he would be in future fixtures, in pegging back the Raiders when he supplied passes for Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark in the second, Wersching adding the finishing boot.
Raiders kicker Chris Bahr was on fire though as he booted three FG’s, all from over forty yards out, and two kicks after both Marcus Allen and Todd Christensen crossed. The last two scores, from Christensen and Bahr, turned around what was then a 17-13 deficit into a 23-17 victory.
22 September 1985 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Raiders 10 San Francisco 49ers 34
Whitewashing the Raiders in the second and third quarters the Niners controlled the fifth meeting between the two sides from the off.
Wersching was on fire for the visitors as he recorded two FG’s and four kicks in response to his opposite number, Bahr’s one and one and that was after Matt Wilson nicked a fumble one yard out to score. By that time the Niners were well clear and never looked like slipping up.
Montana supplied the opening pass for Roger Craig in the first and again for Dwight Clark in the third with Milt McColl (on a fumble return) and Bill Ring (on a 9 yard rush) crossing also. The closest the Riders got was when Bahr scored three in the opening quarter to pull the score to 7-3 Niners
13 November 1988 Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers 3 Los Angeles Raiders 9
The lowest scoring meeting between the two sides was a one which consisted entirely of field goals after a pointless opening half for the Raiders and quarter for the Niners. Mike Cofer opened from 44 yards in the second before the Raiders replied after the break with a treble from the boot of Bahr, including a 50 yard effort which slotted the Raiders in front.
29 September 1991 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Raiders 12 San Francisco 49ers 6
Another low scoring affair settled by the boot of the kickers as the Niners Cofer opened and closed the scoring from just over 20 yards out. Raiders legend Jeff Jaeger responded with four of his own sandwiched between, three of which were from over forty yards out. Of those his third, the only score of the third quarter, was from some 49 yards.
5 September 1994 Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers 44 Los Angeles Raiders 14
The second highest winning margin between the sides saw the Niners destroy the Raiders at their Candlestick home. Even more frightening than the score line was the fact the third quarter was pointless as the homes side kept the visitors at bay in three of the four quarters.
Tim Brown and Napoleon McCallum gave the Raiders a glimmer of hope when crossing in the second to peg the score back to 20-7 in the Niners favour. Steve Young and Jerry Rice combined effectively as ever though as, on three occasions there would be a score from the duo including a 69 yard opener. Brent Jones added two of his own as well as Ricky Watters with Doug Brien converting a 33 yard FG and some five kicks.
8 October 2000 3Com Park San Francisco 49ers 28 Oakland Raiders 34
The highest scoring encounter between the two sides would see the Silver and Black win on the other side of the bay for the first time since 88 and avenged their previous drubbing six years prior.
Sebastian Janikowski was seen to be on fine form with two FG’s and two kicks throughout. Rich Gannon had a say in all four of the Raiders TD’s and crossed for one of his own supplying Tim Brown twice and a close range run for Tyrone Wheatley.
The Niners weren’t shy in their response either as Terrell Owens crossed for his own brace as well as Jerry Rice and Charlie Garner with one apiece. Wade Richey would supply all four kicks for the Niners in a game that was tied at 14-14 (Wheatley) and 28-28 (Garner) to head for overtime. That was won courtesy of Tim Brown’s second cross when he received a 31 yard pass from Gannon.
3 November 2001 Network Associates Coliseum Oakland Raiders 20 San Francisco 49ers 23
Another see-saw encounter had the Raiders ahead early from close range after Jerry Porter crossed from a yard out before Jose Cortez’ boot added a FG and kick (after Cedrick Wilson crossed) to edge the Niners ahead at the end of the first quarter.
The match continued as a battle between Janikowski and Cortez, the pair adding further FG’s (two each) with Cortez’ last effort winning the tie in OT after Charlie Garner had levelled at 20-20 following a ten yard rush.
8 October 2006 Monster Park San Francisco 49ers 34 Oakland Raiders 20
The Raiders were rocked in Monster Park eight years ago even if they racked up ten unanswered points in the second quarter. That riled the Niners who went fourteen unanswered in the third and wrapped things up with an emphatic fourth. It was a poor season for the visiting Raiders and it showed.
Janikowski’s boot was again the standout for the Silver and Black as he hit two FG’s and two kicks, after Randy Moss and Courtney Anderson crossed in the second and fourth quarters. Joe Nedney chipped in two FG’s and four kicks of his own adding to the touchdowns supplied by Arnaz Battle (twice), Maurice Hicks and Melvin Oliver. Quarterback Alex Smith was involved in the first three of the Niners scores.
17 October 2010 Candlestick Park San Francisco 49ers 17 Oakland Raiders 9
The last encounter in the bay took place a little over four years ago now was another battle of the kickers with all of the visiting Raiders points coming from Janikowski’s boot, including a 40 yard field goal in the fourth. Nedney added a FG and two kicks of his own after Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis had both crossed the line for scores, again Alex Smith was instrumental in the Niners attack.
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