49ers vs. Raiders 2014 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online
San Francisco enjoys a de facto home game this weekend, playing against a listless Oakland team across the Bay.
The San Francisco 49ers were supposed to use the regular season as a tune-up for the postseason, gearing up for another run at an elusive ring. Instead, San Francisco finds itself in very tough position, sitting 7-5 in the crowded NFC playoff picture. On Sunday, the 49ers take on the Oakland Raiders in what has become an absolute must-win.
San Francisco has been to the last three NFC Championship games, winning once. This year, injuries and controversy have besieged the team, with Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Glenn Dorsey and Aldon Smith all missing significant time. With so many key parts missing, the 49ers are a game out of the final playoff spot and two games behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.
Colin Kaepernick has not carried his weight either, completing 61.2 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The former Nevada star has been wildly inconsistent, and is trying to bounce back from a brutal Thanksgiving performance in which he completed just 16-of-29 for 121 yards with two picks. Coach Jim Harbaugh has been under fire all season, with many saying this will be his last year in San Francisco regardless of the outcome. Harbaugh only has one year left on his deal and reportedly is on the trading block.
One of the teams on the list for a potential trade is Oakland, a franchise mired in a 1-11 campaign. The Raiders are the NFL’s worst team and are coming off a 52-0 pounding at the hands of the St. Louis Rams. Against San Francisco, Oakland’s offense will face a monumental challenge. The Raiders have the worst rushing game in the NFL, averaging just 72.5 yards/game. The passing game doesn’t have much punch either, with Derek Carr throwing for 207 yards per game.
How to view
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
When: 4:05 p.m. ET
Announcers: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber
San Francisco is a 9-point favorite on the road over Oakland, with an over/under of 41, per OddsShark.
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To keep up with the Raiders, check out Silver And Black Pride.