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2007 Battle of the Bay
The team of Oakland Raiders travel across the Bay to face the National Football Conference Western Division San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco this Saturday, 18th of August, 2007 at the Monster Park, San Francisco, California at 7 p.m. The game series of the Raiders and 49ers marks the 35th preseason game between both teams. The Raiders lead the preseason series, 18-16, with the first contest having been played in 1967. This is the sixth straight year the Bay Area teams have met in the preseason. The teams previously met in the preseason in home-and-away contests for consecutive years from 1976-93. Since the teams first met in 1970 in Oakland, the Raiders hold a 6-4 advantage over the 49ers in regular season action.
Last week, running backs coach Bishop Harris served in the same capacity with the Raiders during 1995-97. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, last week. Running back Adimchinobe Echemandu, carried the ball 17 times for 75 yards, wide receiver Mike Williams hauled in a 3-yard TD pass, and defensive back Hiram Eugene, returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Two late Raiders field goals were the difference.
For the next week, the Oakland Raiders return to the team’s permanent facility in Alameda in preparation to host the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, August 24 at 7 p.m. in the penultimate preseason contest of 2007. The Raiders wrap up the 2007 preseason on the road versus the Seahawks in Seattle on Thursday, August 30.
Player personnel executive Kent McCloughan’s sons, Scot and David, work in the 49ers’ personnel department. David previously worked for the Raiders in player personnel. Tight end John Madsen and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith played together at the University of Utah. Meanwhile, punter Shane Lechler played with 49ers cornerback Sammy Davis at Texas A&M and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly played for Mississippi State with 49ers defensive tackle Ronald Fields.
Moreover, running back LaMont Jordan played at the University of Maryland with 49ers QB Shaun Hill. Defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne played with both 49ers cornerback B.J. Tucker and wide receiver Brandon Williams at Wisconsin. Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba played for Virginia with 49ers offensive tackle Patrick Estes. In addition, Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin coached at USC as 49ers safety Darnell Bing played from 2003-2005. Offensive line coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp coached for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 while 49ers while receiver Ashley Lelie played. 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle played for Notre Dame from 2001-2002 as Raiders quarterback coach John DeFilippo coached for the Fighting Irish. Raiders defensive line coach Don Johnson and tight end coach Kelly Skipper coached at UCLA along with 49ers defensive assistant Jason Tarver in year 2000. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, running back coach Tom Rathman, 49ers secondary coach Johnnie Lynn, 49ers assistant special teams coach Jeff Rodgers, and 49ers defensive assistant Jason Tarver all coached for the San Francisco 49ers as 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle, 49ers tackle Kwame Harris, 49ers guard Eric Heitmann, 49ers tight end/long snapper Brian Jennings, 49ers linebacker Brandon Moore, 49ers linebacker Derek Smith, 49ers linebacker Jeff Ulbrich, and 49ers defensive Bryant Young all played. Furthermore, 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer played for Fresno State from 1990-94 as Raiders tight end coach Kelly Skipper was an assistant. The aforementioned were just some of the connections between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
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