Despite its league-leading defense giving up 500 total yards of offense to a Raiders squad helmed by first-time starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a missed game-winning field goal as regulation expired, Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers managed to escape Sin City with a 37-34 victory after overtime.
Go deeper: The game, which featured San Francisco as a 10-point favorite over the woeful Raiders, featured entirely different undertones for Las Vegas as they sought to cling to increasingly-slim playoff odds.
- Earlier in the week Las Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels moved to bench starting quarterback Derek Carr amid a likely divorce with the franchise’s nine-year starting quarterback.
- Heading into overtime, Las Vegas still had a path to the playoffs. The loss to the 49ers formally eliminated the team from contention.
By the numbers: The ever-charged match-up between former Bay Area rivals featured an unlikely contest of signal callers with Purdy (the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft) and Stidham (a longtime back-up in New England and Vegas).
- Purdy went 22 for 35 on the afternoon, moving the ball 284 yards with two touchdowns and one interception
- Stidham’s starting debut was highlighted by 365 yards through the air, including an incredible catch by Davante Adams to set-up a late fourth quarter tie, three touchdowns and two fateful picks.
What they’re saying: With the Raiders eliminated from the 2022 playoffs, the the strife between the club and its likely ex-starting QB boiled over with a cryptic Instagram story from David Carr, the brother of the benched Raiders thrower.