Published at 11:26 AM ET November 1, 2018 |
SANTA CLARA, California – Nick Mullens pitched for 262 yards and three touchdowns for the most productive NFL debut since the merger, making the San Francisco 49ers on a 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders in a lopsided Battle of the Bay on Thursday night.
George Kittle made an impressive catch with one hand on a 71-yard game that set his touchdown from Mullens and Pierre Garcon caught his first TD pass in two seasons with the 49ers (2-7), who lost six matches made and won for only the second time in two years without Jimmy Garpppolo at quarterback.
Mullens got the nod after C.J. Beathard had injured his right wrist last week and had made the most of his chance against a defense for the Raiders (1-7), which is one of the worst in the league.
The former undeveloped free agent from Southern Mississippi quickly lost the ball and benefited from several slips in the coverage for big games, including the 24-yard TD pass to a wide open Garcon on the opening stage.
Mullens finished 16 for 22 and had a score of 151.9 passers-by, the highest for a quarterback with at least 15 attempts in an NFL-debut since the 1970 merger. He threw TD passes to Garcon and Kendrick Bourne on the first two stages and went from there to the most impetuous victory in this series since San Francisco won the first meeting with 38-7 in 1970.
Raheem Mostert added a touchdown run of 52 yards and the Niners conquered the Raiders 405 to 248 before the game.
In what was perhaps the worst prime-time match-up in NFL history, only the Raiders played the expectations. They had little resistance in defending against an undefined quarterback who made his NFL-debut, did nothing offensive after driving as field goal during the opening game and put together the most lethargic performance in coach Jon Gruden's second stint as coach.
Oakland has now lost four games in a row and has lost 85 points during the skid. They only play the thread in a season that started with optimism because of the return of Gruden.
Carr finished 16 for 22 for 171 yards and was fired five times before being replaced by AJ McCarron in the fourth quarter. McCarron was fired once.
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Mullens performed so well that he even verified his Twitter account during the game.
Carr was fired four times in the first half of his career for the first time in his career because the Raiders struggled to offer a lot of protection against a defense of 49ers who had little pressure throughout the year. Dekoda Watson had 11/2 pockets in his first game of the season after being activated earlier on the day of IR.
Former Niners receiver Terrell Owens received his honors gallery during a rest period. Owens was voted in the Hall of Honor earlier this year, but skipped the introductory ceremony in Canton, Ohio, to hold his own party at his university in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Owens said he was angry with the voters who had let him wait three years, saying he believed they were introducing off-field issues into their deliberations rather than concentrating solely on what Owens was doing as a player.
"This is great," Owens said before the game. "This is an opportunity to give something to the fans, since I left and continued in 2003 and did great things, but here began my first eight years of my career."
Raiders left from tackle Kolton Miller left with a knee injury. … Mostert left after he injured his forearm in the third quarter.
Raiders: Host Los Angeles Chargers on 11 November.
49ers: Host New York Giants on 12 November.