Leading up to the game, I heard it called the “Toilet Bowl” and the “Someone’s got to Win Bowl.” I admit, I got a little demoralized before the game, expecting to watch terrible football with a bunch of silver and black fans with painted faces screaming profanity and being belligerent. I was so wrong on both counts. The game was epic! First of all, Nick Mullens, our 3rdstring QB shined. Of course, we had an advantage that the Raiders didn’t have tape to study. But he came out strong, showing the hard work he had put in during practice had paid off. Did you know he literally got verified on Twitter during the game? Hilarious. Then we had Raheem Mostert, who is a LOTE supporter, always happy to sign items for us at the 49ers Academy Cocktails and Couture. He’s a running back – had three huge plays, including a 53 yard run and a touchdown. Yay!! These two players, once underdogs, had a great game, which reconnected many of us to the team.
I can’t say much for the Raiders, especially their defense (ugh!), but I have high praise for their fans. I think fans of both sides were feeling a bit disenfranchised from our teams before the game. My husband and I did some tailgate hopping and were frequently welcomed with “Good luck Bay Area” by Raiders fans. We spread that through the parking lot and to the fans visiting our beautiful stadium. All were courteous and kind. Considering both of our records this season, I think we were there for the love of football and not the rivalry.
So, in conclusion, we saw the 49ers dominate, winning 34-3, we cheered for players that we don’t usually hear on the loud speaker who played great and we didn’t lament about our star QB or star RB going out early in the season. I believe the Raiders were a good comparator to help us define what bad football looks like. With respect to the Raider nation, your team didn’t look good. But for that I thank you, because I left that game with new hope for our beloved 49ers.