LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan stated his staff has been in playoff mode for a number of weeks because it battles for the highest spot within the NFC, and there was a postseason ambiance on Sunday.
Taking part in in entrance of a raucous crowd of 49 followers in Las Vegas, San Francisco pushed in a approach it hardly ever has throughout what’s now a nine-game profitable streak.
Tashaun Gipson intercepted Jarrett Stidham in additional time and returned it 56 yards to arrange Robbie Gould’s 23-yard discipline aim that gave the Niners a 37-34 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
“It is onerous to win 9 in a row,” Shanahan stated. “We pulled it off. We have some guys who’re sticking with it. “Nobody obtained discouraged and so they simply saved preventing regardless and the Raiders responded loads of occasions.”
The win was particularly necessary for the 49ers (12-4), who can clinch the NFC’s No. 2 seed subsequent week with a win towards Arizona or a loss at Minnesota. San Francisco additionally has a shot on the No. 1 seed and a bye if Philadelphia loses to the Giants in Week 18.
San Francisco overcame a uncommon off day after the league’s top-ranked protection entered the sport. The 34 factors had been essentially the most the 49ers have allowed since their final loss, a 44-23 loss to Kansas Metropolis on Oct. 23.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 121 yards and caught six passes for 72 yards. San Francisco’s midseason commerce acquisition surpassed 1,000 yards dashing for the third time and has scored in 5 straight video games.
“It is concerning the recreation you dream about as a child,” McCaffrey stated. “It is so forwards and backwards and you need to combat and claw your approach again. It was good for us to have that recreation.”
Davante Adams had seven receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders (6-10), who had been eradicated from playoff competition. They’ve misplaced three of their final 4 video games, their NFL-record fifth lack of the season after blowing a double-digit lead within the second half.
Stidham, who changed Derek Carr after the nine-year starter was benched earlier within the week, accomplished 23 of 34 passes for 365 yards. He joined Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes as the one QBs this season to throw three touchdowns towards the 49ers.
Stidham additionally had two interceptions. Gibson’s clinching decide in OT got here when defensive finish Nick Bosa bull-rushed the Raiders, leaving Colton Miller to Stidham as he launched the ball.
“I did not really feel like I actually had any nerves this week,” Stidham stated. “The angle has modified loads through the years. It is not value stressing and straining, so I needed to get on the market and play without cost right now and attempt to make the assault simpler to win. We missed a bit.”
The groups traded blows within the closing two-plus minutes of regulation. Jordan Mason’s 14-yard run with 2:17 left put San Francisco up 34-27, however Stidham shortly moved the Raiders down the sphere, aided by a move interference penalty, and Josh Jacobs’ 1-yard discipline aim to tie it.
Brock Purdy then led the Niners to the Las Vegas 23, however Gould missed a 41-yard discipline aim on the ultimate play of regulation.
Stidham led the Raiders to 10 factors on their first two drives, the primary time San Francisco had allowed an opponent to attain on its first two drives this season.
However Purdy was even higher, scoring two touchdowns to offer San Francisco a 14-10 lead early within the second quarter. It was Purdy’s fifth straight recreation with a number of TD passes, the longest streak in 49ers historical past since Jeff Garcia’s eight-game streak in 2001.
Purdy completed 22-for-35 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. He’s the fifth rookie to win his first 4 begins.
“He dealt with (the comeback strain) nice,” stated 49ers receiver Brandon Ayuk, who had 9 catches for 101 yards and one TD. “Tremendous cool dude, tremendous cool dude. The second was by no means too massive for him.”
The Raiders took a 17-14 halftime lead when Stidham tossed a 4-yarder within the left facet of the top zone to Adams, who jumped and by some means saved each toes on the inbounds. That recreation made Adams the eighth receiver in NFL historical past with at the least three seasons of 13-plus TD passes.
Las Vegas took a 24-14 lead early within the third quarter when Stidham discovered a large open Adams for a 60-yard landing.
49 gamers. G Aaron Banks (knee, ankle) and L.B. Dre Greenlaw (again) is injured. Shanahan stated Banks will bear an MRI for what he believes is a sprained MCL.
Raiders. Jacobs (hip) went to the locker room within the first quarter however returned within the second quarter. … LB Darien Butler (concussion) left within the second quarter.
49ers. Attempt to enhance their playoff place once they host Arizona subsequent Sunday.
Raiders. Hosts Kansas Metropolis subsequent Saturday.
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