Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

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Even with experience and the best gear money can buy, everyone misses
a picture from time to time. 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree made this
touchdown catch a little too close for the focus range I was using (6 meters
to infinity) and rather than a tight picture of a score, I ended up with a crowd
picture interrupted by a red and gold blur.

Luckily, the rest of the game was better. On the opening kickoff, 49ers safety
C.J. Spillman upended Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford right in front
of me.
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Later in the first quarter, Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy made a catch
deep in Niner territory, only to be stripped of the ball by Nate Clements and
then drilled by Taylor Mays. Luckily for Murphy, he managed to fall on the
ball and the Raiders settled for a field goal.
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With Raiders first string running back Darren McFadden out with a hamstring
injury, Michael Bush got the start. While a capable back, Bush lacks
McFadden's breakaway speed, a factor that played right into the Niners'
hands.
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Rather than sending McFadden along the line and letting him find cutback
seams, the Raiders ran Bush up the middle, where he was often met by the
Niner lineman and inside linebackers. Here Ricky Jean-Francois attempts to
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Later Justin Smith drops Bush for a loss: © Matt Cohen 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Oakland's opening day quarterback Jason Campbell lost his starting job to
Bruce Gradkowski in Week 2, but with Gradkowski unable to go due to a
shoulder injury, Campbell found himself back in the stating lineup.
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The Raiders line couldn't give Campbell enough time, and he was constantly
being hurried, here he barely gets off a swing pass to Bush as Ahmad Brooks
arrives.

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When Campbell did have enough time to hit a receiver, like he did here to
Jacoby Ford, receivers couldn't hold on. This one bounced into the hands of
Takeo Spikes for a pure gift turnover.
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The Niners nearly killed themselves with penalties, but took the game at
crunch time when the Raiders more or less gave it away. 49ers tight end
Vernon Davis made this catch and then dragged Tyvon Branch and Hiram
Eugene into the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown that put the game
out of reach.
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Although I missed Crabtree's touchdown catch, I recovered in time to get his
celebration.
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As well as one from Josh Morgan after a key first down. © Matt Cohen 2010 - All Rights Reserved

As for the Raiders, they are now 2-4, but could easily be 4-2 or 0-6. Here is
my main man Tom Cable (who was very cool when I covered Raiders training
camp this summer for ESPN
) yelling at an official for not stopping the
clock soon enough on a Raiders time out.
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I thought I'd end this post with one for the ladies, in the person of Raiders
guard Robert Gallery:
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