49ers takes brawl in the Bay
Bruce Gradkowski and David Carr left no doubt about who the quarterbacks will be on their teams.
Gradkowski threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns after Jason Campbell left with an injury for the Oakland Raiders, and David Carr led a late touchdown drive that gave the San Francisco 49ers a 28-24 victory Saturday night in the annual Battle of the Bay.
Campbell left the game in the second quarter after being hurt on a sack. Campbell was down for about 5 minutes before leaving in the passager seat of a cart with what the team described as a stinger. There was no word on other information available during the game.
But Gradkowski once again proved more than capable as a back-up. After breathing life into Oakland's offense last year when he took over the reins from JaMarcus Russell, Gradowski was once again relegated to back-up status after the Raiders acuired Campbell in the offseason.
Gradowski did not play in the first two exhibition games because of a groin injury and was in danger of falling behind Kyle Boller on the depth chart. But he completed 14-22 passes and led Oakland to scores on his first three drives. He threw touchdown passes to Louis Murphy and Zach Miller and set up a 57-yard field goal by Sebastain Janikowski.
That wasn't enough to win as the Niners put together a 16-play, 80-yard drive to win it. After a slow start, Carr did just enough to win it on that drive. The biggest play might have been Carr's 5-yard run on third-and-3. Carr leaped in the air and was spun around like a helicopter after being hit by a defenser a week after Nate Davis went down shy of the marker on a similar play.
Anthony Dixon pushed it up the middle on the third-and-goal from the 1 to give the Niners the lead with 1:44 remaining. Carr's pass to Nate Byham for the two-point conversion made it 28-24.
Todd Watkins dropped a deep pass inside the 5 on the fourth down to end Oakland's hopes at comeback.
Frank Gore ran for 58-yards on two carries in his first action of the preseason for the Niners, Alex Smith threw a touchdown pass and rookie Phillip Adams scored on an 83-yard punt return as San Francisco remained undeated in the preseason.
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