Carr excels, Kaepernick struggles as Raiders upset 49ers

AP

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a big game today, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not.

It wasn’t all about the quarterbacks, but the biggest takeaway from Oakland’s upset win over San Francisco is that Carr looks like just the kind of bright young quarterback the Raiders hoped they were drafting this year, while Kaepernick looks like he’s regressed.

Carr was poised, confident, accurate and efficient as he completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards, with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. Carr also seems more in control of the offense than most rookies, capable of changing plays at the line and catching the opposing defense off guard. This was an impressive performance.

But Kaepernick, who threw two interceptions and was sacked five times, looked out of sync for most of the game. The 49ers had three delay of game penalties because Kaepernick repeatedly struggled to get his signals called in time, and Kaepernick’s passes often missed the mark.

The loss drops the 49ers to 7-6 and makes it a near certainty that they won’t be going to the playoffs. In fact, the biggest question now isn’t whether the 49ers will make the postseason, but whether Jim Harbaugh is already checked out and looking for his next job.

Some people think his next job will be in Oakland, as head coach of the Raiders. If so, he may just have a better quarterback in Oakland next year than he has in San Francisco now.

137 responses to “Carr excels, Kaepernick struggles as Raiders upset 49ers

  1. Raiders were much better. This from a Niners fan. Great win Raider Nation. You deserved it!

    Harbaugh fired after Seattle eviscerates SF next week 41-3.

  2. Nice win by the Raiders. Doesn’t change my desire to see Jim Harbaugh coach the Silver & Black next year.

    I also can’t help thinking about the Chargers and their fans at this particular moment. With the Raiders victory today, it means that the Bolts’ mark of having the worst ever regular season record (1-15) in AFCW history is once again safe.

  3. You seriously can’t make this up. I thought at the beginning of the year the 49ers would get revenge on the Seahawks? The 1 and something Raiders just embarrassed you guys and so did the Hawks at your home stadium. Time to tear everything down. Maybe Mike Singletary is available.

  4. The York philosophy….Raise ticket prices and put an inferior product on the field…This could be the most disgusting loss in a long time….

  5. What the hell has happened to San Francisco this year?

    They mine as well fire Jim Harbaugh right now seeing as he’s not coming back next year.

  6. Sheesh the 49ers got whooped by the Raiders. The 49ers are lucky the score wasn’t even worse. Kaepernick is a joke and Derek Carr lit up the 49ers defense like a Christmas tree. Wow.

  7. As much joy as I take seeing the Niners lose, today might be the nail in the coffin that ends the great Carroll vs. Harbaugh, Seattle vs. Santa Clara rivalry. Santa Clara is done and it sounds like York is dumb enough to let a good coach walk.

  8. David Carr gives the Raiders someone to build around.

    Reggie McKenzie has the skill to do so.

    The Raiders should have no difficulty attracting a new head coach for what will be a very exciting opportunity.

    For the first time in a decade — this team has a future.

    Way to go Raiders!

  9. Well it was fun while it lasted.

    The Faithful survived the Erickson, Nolan, Singletary years so the Harbaugh run made it an exciting time. I honestly didn’t expect the season to end like this but after losing to the worst team in the League we don’t deserve to make the playoffs. In 3 seasons we made two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl. Felt like old times.

    Alas Jed York is such a tool he’ll use this as an excuse to get rid of Harbaugh sending us back in to irrelevance but I’ll still root for the Niners, as I always have and always will.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  10. These things sort of happen when teams feel they are playing for “lame duck” coach.

    What makes this more difficult is, that coaches get tied to the hip with QBs. MM and Rodgers, Carroll/Wilson, Luck/Pagano Brady/Belichick.

    Now what happens when a new coach comes in after Kaep signsed his contract, and they wind up with situation like RG3 and Gruden.

    The Coach wants to use his own QB, but the front office is committed to RG3 or Kaep trying to force things to work. Things get ugly when that happens.

  11. When is the last time you saw a young QB in Oakland behave like a qualified and intense leader? You are always going to put up with mistakes and lack of production with a rookie QB, especially with what is around Carr. What you saw today is what he is capable of when he is on and confident. Give him some skill position talent and you have something. Dude is best QB from last years draft and it is not close.

  12. York: Time to grow up…
    Walk down stairs tell Baalke your keeping Harbaugh if he doesn’t like it fire him…
    Then tell Harbaugh to fire Roman if he doesn’t like it fire him……
    Then walk in the locker room and tell Kapernick he has 1 game to improve or Gabbert gets the ball…..
    There is nothing wrong with sitting a struggling QB

  13. Kap will have plenty of time to kiss his biceps alone in his room now that his team will be sitting out the play offs

  14. Harbaugh, please come to the Dolphins, we need you. I’m on my hands and knees begging, Save this once proud franchise, signed, Dolphin Nation

  15. This is where kissing your own bicep gets you. Kaperneck may have athletic skills but is at the bottom of the heap for maturity, intelligence, desire, focus and any concept of team. He is the justin Berber of nfl qb s

  16. Every part of our team is solid besides our QB and offensive play calling. How much longer are they gonna let Kaep and this freak show go on? Carr showed Kaepernick how the QB position is really played. I know Raider fans are juiced they not only beat us, but booted us out of Playoff contention. Even if we did make the Playoffs it’s not like we could do anything with the way our QB is playing.

  17. This is where kissing your own bicep gets you. Kaperneck may have athletic skills but is at the bottom of the heap for maturity, intelligence, desire, focus and any concept of team. He is the justin Berber of nfl quarterbacks

  18. Is there any way to fire everyone? Harbaugh should go because he stuck with Roman, Roman should go because he’s clueless, Kap should go because he’s an inaccurate tool, Baalke should go because he can’t draft and York built a sterile stadium where half the fans bake in the sun and all the fans get ripped off. I’ll leave it to you to decide who made the biggest mistake.

  19. You’ve got a guy who can pass against a guy who can stumble around like a wounded gazelle…
    Who do you think will win in the NFL?
    It ain’t Pac12 ball……

  20. I’m here as a miner fan if you want to rub it in. I’ll take it humbly and move on. Congrats to the Raiders. They played with a lot of heart. Looks like Carr will be a good one. If you do get our coach I wish you the best. If we’re stupid enough to fire a coach after 3 straight nfc championship games and one Super Bowl birth then it’s our owner that’s the problem, not our coach.

  21. This was delightful.

    The only downside is that we won’t get to see the full circle. Tell me it wouldn’t be hilarious to watch the Niners get absolutely crushed by the Packers in the playoffs.

  22. So, Harbo, and some of your staff, thanks for a entertaining 4-year run. It’s been less stressful as a Niner fan in theses years as you as the head coach.

    Now, you and the GM/owner cannot get along, you’re future plans with the TEAM, and your relationship with Roman are not looking to be in favor of Niner fans.

    From this point on, secretly, take the play calling completely away from roman. Since Eric Mangini’s the TE coach, elevate him, or let rathman, or bring in Kap’s college coach and let one if them call the plays from the—sideline. Do us that favor, and let us see if we have an offensive cord on staff currently.

    Ps…Oh and sit Vernon Davis down.

    Thanks for the 3 seasons of football in January. The team is beat down, injured, and exhausted.

    This would be a great time to start sitting starters, like Justin Smith and entice him to play one more year. Yeah, so do that too Harbo.

    Good luck to the rest of the teams this season and GO WARRIORS! LOL

  23. Now the trick if you’re there is to make it to the car without getting stabbed.

    Ironic comment coming from a resident of one of the ten deadliest cities in America…..Baltimore.

  24. Raiders Fans, congrats on the win. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it (because I hate the Niners).

    As a Packers fan, the only thing I can say is do not give up on Reggie. Building a consistent franchise is slow, frustrating work but you’re much better off with a slow build, draft and develop philosophy than you are with a “sign everyone and spare no expense” cap killing philosophy.

    Reggie signed some guys to short contracts to create a bridge and they haven’t all turned out. But he came up in the Ted Thompson/Ron Wolf system which means he’s a draft and develop guy. It may take him a while to dig you out of the hole prior management put you in, but he will do it. Especially since, in my estimation, Carr looks like the real deal. (And I watch Aaron Rodgers every Sunday.)

  25. Way to go 9ers……..I didn’t think kaep was really this trash smh but he is. I don’t know what it is that has him playing like a former shell of himself, play calling is part of it, O-line is part of it but its mostly him and his happy feet. Scared to stay in the pocket, very in accurate, Not knowing when to run, Most of all poor QB knowledge. I know harbough was trying to keep him in cuz of how far he got us in the past but if he’s playing like this, we need a new QB. Shoot, we need a good QB, new RB, A new O-line and a new OC. The coach can stay, we have great defense and we’ll be reloaded next year with bowman and willis but this is just unacceptable. Im a die hard 9ers fan and kaep fan but this is it….Kaep doesn’t even looked like he worked on his arm this off season, get him out of here

  26. Niner fans were talking smack after their super healthy team beat those injury riddled Packer squads in 2012 and 2013….

    Now the niners have a few injuries and their team has fallen apart, ….front runners!

  27. Some writer posted a story last week saying that they polled 5 NFL GMs and every one of them said they would take Carr over Kaepernick. Everyone went crazy; I wasn’t even sure if I believed it myself.

    Welp, let’s take a look at that now. Carr blew Kaep out of the water today despite having far inferior offensive talent and playing against a better defense.

    Not saying that settles the question now and forever, but it certainly seems much less ridiculous than it did 24 hours ago.

  28. RAIDERS WIN MEANS THE MARIOTA DRAFT PICK IS IN PERIL. Now it looks like WR Amari Cooper will be the 1st round pick. 2ND RD TAKE RB MELVIN GORDON . Then : HIRE HARBAUGH AS HC . REX RYAN AS DC. MOVE TO LA . GO ALL OUT TO SIGN FA’S NDAMUKONG SUH , DERELLE REVIS AND WR DEZ BRYANT . THEY HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT. ONCE THEY MOVE BACK TO LA WITH HRBAUGH AS HC AND REX RYAN AS DC EVERY TOP FA IN THE NFL WILL WANT TO WEAR SILVER & BLACK. EAT YOUR JEALOUS HEARTS OUT RAIDER HATERS .

  29. Nice win by the Raiders and the 49ers are now relegated to a circus act with all eyes and ears on Harbuagh the next 3 weeks, looking for cues.

    But maybe the biggest story out of Oakland is that, to this point, no bloodshed reported between those sets of fans, so far.

  30. that Santa Clara 49ers curse is for real. harbaugh won’t be coaching the raiders next year unless Mckenzie is gone, and harbaugh has complete control over personell

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 7, 2014 7:48 PM

    Gabbert! Gabbert! Gabbert! Blaine was better than Bortles in Jacksonville, and he will be better than Kaepernick in San Fran.

    ————————————————————–

    No seriously, are you related to the guy or something?

  32. Just as long as Harbaugh is gone. Him and his cheating brother scammed the league when Bolden got traded for a mere 6th round pick. League likes to investigate things but there wasn’t a peep from them.

  33. Still a winning record for the 49ers this season, although I agree they’re stinking up the place the past few games.
    Is it Harbaugh causing a distraction with his holdout?
    Is it Roman and the 27 coaches confusing Kaepernick?
    Is it Kaepernick not being able to turn (or be turned) into a pocket passer?
    A blend of all three?

    I’d let Kaepernick run and gun for as long as it works (one or two seasons) but only because I don’t want to fall asleep trying to watch any more 9ers games.

    I guess I’ll see how they play out the rest of the season, but definitely a few things need to change and/or be settled early next year.
    Like the team actually having a direction and not just grinding out 39 seconds on every play and grinding out results.

  34. I’d still take the 49ers franchise over the Raiders any day. The Niners have been beset by injuries and litigation, the Raiders…poor management and stadium issues. Yeah, they drafted a QB second round and he’s played better than the back ups, but that organization has far more to fix than SF.

  35. Both Carr and his #1 target last year, Davante Adams over in Green Bay, are off to the start of big time careers.

    It’s great to see young talent making their mark in the league.

  36. Niners are officially an embarrassment. To call them a Dumpster Fire is an insult to dumpster fires.

    norcalmafia and the rest of the Niner trolls need to sit down and not be heard from again until next year.

  37. campcouch says:
    Dec 7, 2014 8:39 PM
    I’d still take the 49ers franchise over the Raiders any day. The Niners have been beset by injuries and litigation, the Raiders…poor management and stadium issues. Yeah, they drafted a QB second round and he’s played better than the back ups, but that organization has far more to fix than SF.
    ________________________________________

    *sniff* poor Niners. I feel for you.

    Oh, wait. Didn’t the Packers win the Superbowl in the 2010 season with like 15 guys on IR? And make the playoffs in the 2013 season despite having their Hall of Fame QB out for half the season? Huh.

    I guess if you’ve got a well run franchise you can overcome adversity.

    Be afraid, Niners. If the Raiders keep Reggie, your bay rivals will be a consistently better team than you within a few years. Wait, what am I saying, they were a better team today.

  38. Hawks fan here –

    Sorry 9’er’s, we were really looking forward to a repeat playoff battle of last year.

    The 9’er’s team has too much talent to be playing this badly. I mean, I wish the Hawks had Boldin, and Vernon Davis, and that line backing crew!

    You’ll no doubt bounce back next year. Good luck!

  39. Oh, wait. Didn’t the Packers win the Superbowl in the 2010 season with like 15 guys on IR? And make the playoffs in the 2013 season despite having their Hall of Fame QB out for half the season? Huh.

    I guess if you’ve got a well run franchise you can overcome adversity.

    Be afraid, Niners. If the Raiders keep Reggie, your bay rivals will be a consistently better team than you within a few years. Wait, what am I saying, they were a better team today.

    slow your roll bro.. oh and congrats on getting your second win…
    Its not like the Raiders havent been a mess for a hella long time too..

  40. billsfan1 says:
    Dec 7, 2014 9:15 PM
    Oh, wait. Didn’t the Packers win the Superbowl in the 2010 season with like 15 guys on IR? And make the playoffs in the 2013 season despite having their Hall of Fame QB out for half the season? Huh.

    I guess if you’ve got a well run franchise you can overcome adversity.

    Be afraid, Niners. If the Raiders keep Reggie, your bay rivals will be a consistently better team than you within a few years. Wait, what am I saying, they were a better team today.

    slow your roll bro.. oh and congrats on getting your second win…
    Its not like the Raiders havent been a mess for a hella long time too.
    ____________________________________

    Uh, I’m a Packers fan. I only care about the Raiders so far as I care about football generally (I’m not just a homer, I love the game)

    The Raiders have been a mess for a long time. You’d have to be crazy to deny that. But, looking at this game, I got few things. (1) Carr may be for real. (2) The Raiders may actually be able to slowly develop young players, and (3) the Niners can’t beat a rebuilding team.

    Tell you what. If you’re a Patriots fan you can give me lip, or maybe Indy since except one season they’ve been good for a long time. But if you’re just some sad homer who hates the Raiders I have no interest in your analysis.

  41. This same time two years ago everyone was applauding Harbaugh for benching Alex Smith in favor of Kapernick. All the pundits said how dynamic and exciting Kap was, how he will be the franchise for the next decade, the second coming of Montana, etc.

    Fast forward to now and Harbaugh’s decision is costing them big time.

  42. Well congrats Young Jed, you have made the haters right. This team has imploded with a lot of it falling on your handling of the childish rift between the coach and FO. Could have headed this off by either extending him or sending him hiking. Maybe made public what was offered and what was turned down. Still a lot of talent on this team but I for one have no faith that the Yorks can sustain was was started the last couple years. This team will get slaughtered next week, loose the week after but beat the cardinials third stringers to close out this nightmare……

  43. This will determine who is fired this off season: Who every decided that Kaepernick was better than Alex Smith. Huge mistake, Kaep is nothing more than a option QB. He is horrible. They get a qb who can stand in the pock and makes throws this team wins the Superbowl next year.

  44. “I’m not saying you got the job yet Jim, but if somehow our Raiders beat the 49’ers this weekend, we would have to look favorably on your application. Let’s stick it to your boss just for the fun of it, what do you say?”

  45. Harbaugh and Kaepernick are easy to dislike,
    maybe the two most unlikable people in the NFL, whereas I am rooting for McKenzie to do well as the Raiders GM. Carr was a good choice. Loved the result of this game. Where are all of those 9er fans that, all preseason, said Kaep would be the best QB? LOL

  46. Gabbert! Gabbert! Gabbert! Blaine was better than Bortles in Jacksonville, and he will be better than Kaepernick in San Fran.

    Wow are you his fan club manager??? Give it a rest guy. Him and Kaep both stink!

  47. babygaga19 says: Dec 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Wow. Raiders win a rare game against a mediocre team. which, according to the Nation, makes you Super Bowl contendens next year. Yes? LMAO!
    ————-
    I had 13 in the “How old is babygaga?” pool. Looks like I’m over.

  48. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Dec 7, 2014 8:17 PM
    Some writer posted a story last week saying that they polled 5 NFL GMs and every one of them said they would take Carr over Kaepernick. Everyone went crazy; I wasn’t even sure if I believed it myself.

    Welp, let’s take a look at that now. Carr blew Kaep out of the water today despite having far inferior offensive talent and playing against a better defense.

    Not saying that settles the question now and forever, but it certainly seems much less ridiculous than it did 24 hours ago.

    ————————————————————
    Lets just remember this years kaep played horrible against the raiders. This is the same QB who led us to a SB (Halfway) and had an even better year last year, beating all good teams on the road…..he played lights all year last year. This year, he was very eli manningish lol If kaep works this off season strictly on his game, he could be a beast my man….thats taking nothing away from carr

  49. Kap and Cutler…paid a tremendous amount of money and actually didn’t earn it…..good work if you can get it !

    Both will be couch QB’s during the playoffs, wrap in all that dough to stay warm !

  50. Good news 49er fans. Colin Kraepernick continues his personal hot streak next week at his perennial favorite ballpark, Century Link Field.

    I am sure he is looking forward to it or is he counting his money?

    Go Hawks!

  51. Eli Pacheco says: Dec 7, 2014 7:34 PM

    All Oakland is doing is ruining its draft status next year. Way to go, raiders.
    __________________________
    I disagree, they are improving it my getting out of the 1 spot. Let another team like the Jags screw up that 1st pick overall and let the best player fall to us again.

  52. All you Niners fans who were talking so much trash at the beginning of the season, what have you got to say now???

  53. I am so proud of my squad. There’s no quit in them.

    As for you 49ers fans…you should demand another apology from Jed York.

    Raiders don’t owe us any apology. As long as they keep fighting we’re
    Gonna stay behind them.

    2014 Raiders. No surrender, no retreat. Raider Nation for life in victory or defeat.

  54. Kaeperdink doesn’t have the intelligence to read an nfl defence. When he’s not using his legs virtually useless.

    Derek Carr looks to have a bright future.

  55. The 49’ers are brought to you by Looneytunes!

    It’s great seeing Kaeperdink stink up the joint week after week and Harbaugh look like he’d rather be fishing.

    Gotta tip your hat to the Raiduhs! They got whipped by the Rams last week but have never quit.

    And Carr looks like he’s the real deal. The kid can play.

  56. McKenzie will be fine it takes 3 years to clean up the mess the previous guy left behind.

    When he first got to Oakland the Raiders had 154$ Mil commited to the 120 Mil salary cap. I think thats worth an extra season alone.

    Give him time with P.Manning on the way out soon, the division will be up for grabs in 2-3 seasons.

  57. Luckily for Kap the game didn’t go to overtime or he might of had to reschedule his appointment with his hairstylist to get those lines etched in his hair..uh yeah..this dude needs to grow up.

  58. As bad as the 49ers looked, let’s just remember they are without two of the best, if not the best, linebackers in the league in Bowman and Willis. This season may not end nicely for 49ers fans, but I expect SF to make some offseason adjustments and be right back in playoff contention next season.

  59. Raiders are om fire!!!!!!!!!!!! Just got off the phone with Roger. Two, three wins in a couple of years? No prob. Rog is trying to get you into the playoffs. Men, we can make this happen! Welcome back. You are AWESOME!

  60. Is Carr the best QB in America? Say what you will, but he looked outstanding last week in the Raiders 0-52 loss. Been on the phone to Rog. Carr is Pro Bowl Bound! Move over Brady, there is a new sheriff in town!

  61. Ok Raiders sign AP or Lynch after both are cut this offseason. Draft or sign A true number 1 WR and build both O line and D line in draft and free agency . We have some good young talent to build around . Carr. S Moore TJ Carie Mack Rivera G Jackson Wisneiski.

    And yes DJ Hayden if he could only stay healthy They should have some interesting options come draft time I say go Defense but A cooper or White would be interesting options at WR . Bring in Gruden or Harbaugh or David Shaw from Stanford .

  62. As a niners fan I gotta tip my hat to the Raiders who played an amazing game and a congrats to their fans who stuck with em. All I ask is that we reel it in a bit guys. I know Niners are reeling and you trapped the Chiefs, but you’re the fans of a 2-11 team. Raiders future is far from solved, Niners still have a lot more talent to work with next season, even if it’s with a new coach and a struggling QB.

  63. I don’t understand why Kaepernick is being used as a pocket passer without the run scheme to support it. The lack of a 49er run game this year is more to blame than the Head Coach or QB.

    49ers aren’t doing themselves any favors. It is going to get very very loud next week.

  64. On a 2-11 team with no rushing attack Carr has been amazing, 2,700 yards, 17 td’s 11 ints. Those stats are unheard of for a QB on a weak team, you would expect ‘Geno Smith’ numbers for a rookie QB on the Raiders.

    The last two drafts have been very good, still work to be done but theres cap space. Reggie has been great with the draft but not with free agency money ! I hope the Raiders land Harbaugh, still early days but Carr ‘could’ be ‘the one’ ! Remember the Raiders had 3 rookies starting on defense and 3 on offense !

    They now have to be consistent, they beat teams with winning records like KC/SF but then lose to the likes of Cle/StL/NY Jets etc.

  65. Whoever thought Alex Smith was better than Aaron Rodgers…enough said! Congrats Raider Nation!

  66. 49ers are done; it’s now between three teams for two NFC WC spots: Detroit/GB (whoever winds up in NFCN 2nd place), Eagles/Cowboys (NFCE 2nd place), and Seattle/Arizona (NFCW 2nd place).

  67. Whatever else happens, the Raiders will be able to say they won the Bay Area Bowl for the next 4 years.

  68. Mark Davis might be as crazy as his dad, but I’m not sure he’d be interested in a HC who couldn’t even beat the team he’s looking to find a new HC for.

  69. There’s no way, player for player, that the Raiders are better than the 49ers. The players don’t like Harbaugh and wanted to drive the final nail in the dismissal coffin by laying down and losing.

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