Oakland Raiders Team Grades Wild Card: Texans Cook Raiders, End Oakland's SeasonWith their 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans (10-7), Oakland (12-5) saw its season come to an end, a season that could have been so much more were not it for MVP candidate Derek Carr breaking his right fibula in the team's next to last regular season game against Indianapolis.
49ers Team Grades: S.F. Comes Up Just Short At Home Against Seattle, Fires Baalke And Kelly AfterwardIt was a turbulent final weekend of the 2016 NFL season for the San Francisco 49ers, as rumors circulated about the fates of General Manager Trent Baalke and Head Coach Chip Kelly. Don't forget the actual final game of the season itself, though, as the 49ers lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 25-23, at home on the Levi's Stadium field. It was another tough loss for the undermanned but game San Francisco squad, as it squandered an early 14-3 lead to lose by a touchdown or less for the fifth time this season. The 49ers finished the year with a 2-14 mark, tying the worst record in franchise history previously set three times.
49ers Team Grades: Kaepernick Leads S.F. To Big Comeback Win Against RamsThe 2016 San Francisco 49ers finally rose off the mat to win and break their 13-game losing streak, and they have quarterback Colin Kaepernick to thank for it. Trailing by 14 in the final quarter on the road in Los Angeles against the Rams, Kaepernick led the 49ers on two long scoring drives to secure the 22-21 win. With the victory, San Francisco assured itself of at least a two-win season, avoiding the fate of becoming the first team in franchise history to win just once.
49ers Team Grades: 49ers' Defense Helpless Against Falcons In 41-13 LossThe San Francisco 49ers lost their 13th straight game on Sunday, this time dropping a 41-13 decision on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.
49ers Team Grades: San Francisco Blows Two-TD Lead, Loses In OTWith a 17-3 halftime lead over the New York Jets, it looked as though the San Francisco 49ers were going to break an 11-game losing streak on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Alas, a team that has forgotten how to win fell apart in the second half, allowing the Jets to tie the score and eventually win on overtime.
49ers Team Grades: San Francisco Offense Fails Miserably In Cold Loss To ChicagoThe San Francisco 49ers lost on the road to the Chicago Bears, 26-6, on a day when the once-proud organization quarterback tradition took a major hit. The 49ers totaled just six yards net passing in the loss, resulting in a franchise record no team with Head Coach Chip Kelly should be setting.
49ers Team Grades: Once Again, Kaepernick & Co. Come Up Just Short In 31-24 LossThe San Francisco 49ers have been a very different team in the last three weeks. Yes, they lost again on Sunday, this time in Miami to the Dolphins by a 31-24 score. But this was the second loss by a touchdown or less in the last three weeks.
Raiders Team Grades: Oakland Goes South Of Border To Top Houston 27-20With the win, Oakland (8-2) stands a full game in front of both Kansas City (7-3) and Denver (7-3) in the AFC West.
Raiders Team Grades: Murray Tallies 3 TDs, Raiders All Alone In First PlaceWith their 30-20 win over the division rival Broncos (6-3) on Sunday night, the Raiders (7-2) took a one-game lead in the division.
49ers Team Grades: San Francisco Defenseless Against New Orleans In 41-23 LossThe game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints went down just as most suspected: The great Saints offense shredded the poor 49ers defense, and on the other side of the ball, the bad San Francisco offense couldn't do enough against the ugly New Orleans defense.
Raiders Team Grades: Oakland, Carr Get Sweep In Florida, Top Bucs In OvertimeAfter soundly defeating Jacksonville (33-16) a weekend ago, Oakland (6-2) completed the Florida sweep this past Sunday with a 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay. As a result, the Raiders return to the Bay Area with a 6-2 record, preparing for a big AFC West showdown next Sunday with longtime rival Denver.
Oakland Raiders Team Grades: Unexpected Dominance Continues To Show In Win Over JaguarsNo one expected the Oakland Raiders to have five wins through the first seven games of the season considering they had seven in all of 2015. Yet, they picked up their fifth victory by taking out the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road and in rather impressive fashion.