49ers top play No. 9
In play No. 9 of the 2018 regular season, 49ers running back Raheem Mostert finishes off the Oakland Raiders in the final “Battle of the Bay.”
The bitter rivalry between the 49ers and the Raiders — who will be in Las Vegas by the next time the teams meet again in the regular season in 2022 — came to an end with a blowout victory by San Francisco.
The game was a coming-out party for quarterback Nick Mullens, who was nearly perfect in his historic NFL debut. However, it was 49ers backup running back Raheem Mostert — who was known exclusively for his special-team prowess prior to 2018 — who put the nail in the Raiders’ coffin in the second half of the contest.
A little bit of pre-snap misdirection by Goodwin was all it took for fullback Kyle Juszczyk so seal off the edge for Mostert, who took the pitch from Mullens down the right sideline. Once he got into the Raiders’ secondary, Mostert used his 4.28 speed to blow by Oakland’s defenders, and then played off the lead-blocking of rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey as he worked his way into the end zone.
The running back went untouched — at least by any of the Raiders’ defenders — on his 52-yard touchdown run. The first score of Mostert’s four-year career gave the 49ers a four-touchdown lead, which essentially put an end to the demoralized Raiders in the final Battle of the Bay: