November 4 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The Battle Of The Bay went into over time, and living up to all the hype, this dog fight of a game was everything a football game should be. It had records, offense, defense, special teams up and downs, and was all around a great football game. Hard fought to the very end - and when it was all over, the 49ers walked away with a road victory 23-20 against not only a very good Raider team, but a Raider team that has one of the toughest stadiums to play in, in the entire league.
As I predicted, the winner of this game would be the team that could run, and the 49ers were that team, rushing for 152 yards compared to 81 rushing yards by the Raiders. There was of course much more to it than that, including Jeff Garcia who took it upon him self to win this game for the team. Garcia was 25/36 for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns, he also rushed for 46 yards. Of course, there was Terrell Owens too - Owens had 12 receptions for 191 yards in his best performance of the season.
The Raiders fought a very good game, but even with Jerry Rice becoming the first receiver to gain 21000 yards through the air, it wasn’t enough. Just ask Tim Brown who had just one catch lining up against the 49ers Ahmed Plummer for most of the day. Andre Carter continued to be a menace, recording his seventh sack of the season.
Of course Cortez who won the game for the 49ers with a chip shot field goal in over time, was also the goat of the game, missing in a similar situation with three seconds left on the clock. Cortez was three out of five on the day, and ultimately came through when the 49ers needed him.