Monday, September 30, 1991

49ER OFFENSE IS SILENT IN DEFEAT

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Neither Terry McDaniel nor Lionel Washington, the starting cornerbacks for the Los Angeles Raiders, have been in the Pro Bowl. But they had no choice but to put forth that kind of effort on Sunday.

They were covering San Francisco receivers, Jerry Rice and John Taylor, who had been to several Pro Bowls.

McDaniel and Washington helped limit Rice and Taylor to five receptions as the Raiders beat the 49ers 12-6.

''We put Terry on Jerry [Rice most of the game,'' Raiders coach Art Shell said. ''I thought Terry did an outstanding job, and the rest of the guys did. Lionel did an outstanding job on 82 [Taylor.

''I think they deserve some Pro Bowl recognition. They did an outstanding job against the best pair of receivers in the NFL.''

Safety Ronnie Lott and running back Roger Craig, longtime 49ers stars who signed as Plan B free agents with the Raiders last spring, made significant contributions in the game, played before a sellout crowd of 91,494 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Jeff Jaeger kicked four field goals for the Raiders, who dominated most of the way. But they were hanging on for dear life at the end.

A 25-yard field goal by Mike Cofer with 3 minutes 54 seconds left drew the 49ers to 12-6. San Francisco had gotten the ball with 6:23 left at its 30-yard line when Charles Haley recovered a fumble by Steve Smith.

The 49ers got the ball back at their 26-yard line with 2:30 remaining after a punt and quickly moved to the Los Angeles 19 before Steve Young threw consecutive incompletions, the second on fourth and 7 with 1:53 left.

The Raiders then ran out the clock.

''Our problem was our inability to score when we had the opportunity,'' 49ers coach George Seifert said. ''We obviously have played better. Steve did the best he could to rally us at the end of the game. It wasn't enough.''

Young, who entered the game as the NFL leader in passing efficiency, completed seven of 11 passes for 111 yards on San Francisco's final two possessions. Before that, he threw for 106 yards.

Rice, who has caught at least one pass in 84 consecutive games, was held without one until 12 minutes remained. He finished with three receptions for 38 yards. Taylor caught two passes for 42 yards.

''Mistakes cost us the game,'' Rice said. ''We had way too many penalties. Also, our execution was very poor. I'm not going to point any fingers at anyone, but we sure had our chances to win and we didn't.''

Jaeger kicked two field goals in the second quarter, one in the third period, and another with 12:53 remaining in the game, making him 12 of 13 this season.

Cofer had kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead.

Young, filling in for the injured Joe Montana, finished with 18 completions in 35 attempts for 217 yards and was intercepted twice, both times in Los Angeles territory.

Craig, who played for the 49ers for eight years, gained 44 yards on 13 carries, leading all rushers in the game.

Dexter Carter's 45-yard return of the opening kickoff got the 49ers off to a good start, but on San Francisco's third play from the LA 35, Young overthrew Taylor and Washington intercepted at the Raiders 20.

After a Los Angeles punt, the 49ers moved 54 yards in 12 plays before the drive stalled at the 6-yard line and Cofer kicked his first field goal.

San Francisco had a first and goal from the 1, but two running plays gained nothing and, after an illegal procedure penalty, Young threw incomplete in the end zone.

The Raiders responded by moving 56 yards in 13 plays to get into position for a 44-yard field goal by Jaeger, tying the game with 12:39 left before halftime.

The 49ers then moved to the Los Angeles 24-yard line before Young threw the ball up for grabs while being tackled by Anthony Smith. Defensive end Howie Long intercepted and returned the ball 11 yards to the Raiders 41.

Los Angeles moved 56 yards to the San Francisco 3-yard line, but gained nothing on three plays. Jaeger then kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:00 to go in the half for a 6-3 lead.

Jaeger's third field goal, a 49-yarder with 6:12 left in the third quarter, made it 9-3.

Jaeger's 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter capped a 56-yard, 10-play drive.