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Battle of the Bay: 49ers Defeat Raiders 17-3

It wasn't pretty, but the 49ers pulled out a victory Saturday night at Candlestick Park against the cross-bay rivals Oakland Raiders, 17-3. The Niners' first team offense didn't look overly impressive, led by Alex Smith's 8-13, 126 yard, 1 interception performance. He was met with a mixture of cheers and boos despite initially engineering a 16-play, 79 yard opening drive that resulted in a 49er field goal. Smith failed to lead the offense to a touchdown while playing in the first half, however, and threw an interception to defensive end Matt Shaugnessy. The pass was intended for TE Vernon Davis, and after the game he remained positive:

"Despite not getting in the end zone, I think we still did a tremendous job with learning a new offense and putting everything together within three weeks," Davis said. "I think we have a promising future ahead of us. Once it's the opening of the season, I think we'll be where we need to be."

The 49ers defense fared a little better though, shutting out the Raiders in the first half and only giving up a field goal in the fourth quarter. Nothing flashy, but something to build on for a team that's shown some effects of the lockout-shortened offseason.

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