Brown didn't miss chance as Raiders edge 49'ers

Monday, October 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Brown let his catches speak for themselves.

Without any of the grandstanding expected in the Battle of the Bay, Brown, a Woodrow Wilson graduate, caught two touchdown passes, including a 31-yarder in overtime, as Oakland beat San Francisco, 34-28, on Sunday.

"It was a beautiful throw," Brown said. "Just perfect."

The game could have been called the Blunder of the Bay, marked by turnovers, miscues and missed opportunities.

"It was a crazy game, but it was a victory," Raiders receiver Andre Rison said. "That's what counts the most."

The Raiders (4-1) won soon after Anthony Dorsett, a Richardson Pearce graduate, blocked Wade Richey's 29-yard field-goal attempt.

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland's top draft pick, missed two field goals, including one in overtime, that could have given the Raiders the win earlier.

Tyrone Wheatley scored on a 1-yard run, Rich Gannon had a 13-yard keeper, and Janikowski did hit from 23 and 35 yards.

Janikowski missed a 41-yarder with less than five minutes to go that would have broken the tie. Then he missed 35-yarder in overtime, a questionable attempt that came on second-and 2. The kick went wide right.

For the 49ers, Terrell Owens scored on 31- and 4-yard passes from Jeff Garcia, and finished with 176 yards on 12 receptions. Jerry Rice added a 5-yard touchdown catch, and Charlie Garner had a 9-yard scoring catch.

In an unusually lighthearted moment, Owens' 4-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter put the 49ers up, 7-6. He started to run for the middle of the field – like he had two weeks ago against Dallas – then he abruptly stopped and shook his head no. The crowd roared.

It was Owens' first game back since a weeklong suspension for his two flamboyant touchdown celebrations against the Cowboys, when he ran to the midfield star logo at Texas Stadium and taunted the fans. Owens sat out the 49ers' victory over Arizona.

"I wasn't going to let everything that happened to me get me down," he said.

On the first series of the game, the Raiders recovered Garner's fumble on the 49ers' 26. But the 49ers (2-4) stalled on the 5, and Janikowski kicked a 23-yard field goal.

The Raiders missed an opportunity on their next possession. On first-and-10 at their own 29, Napoleon Kaufman was completely alone on the left side. But the speedy running back couldn't hold onto Gannon's pass.

Later in the first quarter, with the Raiders at first-and-goal on the 9, Kaufman fumbled, and 49ers tackle Bryant Young recovered.

Oakland linebacker Bobbie Brooks blocked Chad Stanley's punt and the Raiders got as close as the 17, but Gannon didn't see Zack Crockett wide open in the end zone on third down, and the Raiders settled for Janikowski's 35-yard field goal.