Rookie quarterback Derek Carr continuously had a ton of time to throw the ball, which was necessary with the running game struggling (just 85 yards).
Donald Penn and company only gave up one sack to a 49er’s defense that had 25.0 sacks coming into the game. Needless to say, that one sack came late in the game on a fourth down when he was running clock down to secure the win.
This comes against a 49er’s defense that has three players with five sacks each, and Pro Bowler Aldon Smith who missed the first ten weeks due to a suspension.
The Raiders offensive line had allowed just 19 sacks on the season coming into the game, the sixth best in the NFL.
Raiders running back Latavius Murray recognized the great play of his offensive line, and recognized the difference it made in the game.
“When you have that kind of trust and everybody’s on the same page, it’s definitely a good thing and good things happen when they play the way they did today,” Murray said after the game.
Penn didn’t just contribute by blocking Carr’s left side, he also hauled in a touchdown pass, the third of his career.
“It’s a play I talked to him about all year and he finally put it in a couple weeks ago. It was a perfect call,” Penn said of his touchdown call.
Carr also knows just how valuable the solid offensive line play is, saying he owes them a meal of their choice.
“I told them ‘wherever we have to go to dinner. You guys deserve so much’, Carr said after the game. "They deserve so much credit. They've dont a great job all year. We work really hard in our protection plan. We work really hard at trying to have no sacks. They work their tails off. I told them during the game 'I'm literally just standing back there, this is awesome.'"