Nick Mullens threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns for the most productive National Football League debut since the merger, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders in a lopsided Battle of the Bay on Thursday night.
Mullens completed his first three passes, including a 24-yard touchdown toss to Pierre Garcon, to lead the 49ers on a 75-yard drive to begin the game. Through three quarters Mullens has gone 15-of-20, for 260 yards, posting a near ideal quarterback rating of 156.3.
Raheem Mostert added a 52-yard TD run and the defense generated eight sacks for the first time since 2009.
Carr was pulled early in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand, with A.J. McCarron mopping up. While the New York Giants (who project to the No. 1 pick) and the Raiders have the same 1-7 record, the Raiders' strength of schedule is slightly worse. The second-year signal caller looked more like a seasoned veteran than a long-time practice squad player. McCarron was sacked once behind a banged-up offensive line. Owens was voted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year but skipped the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, to hold his own celebration at his college in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mostert took a handoff to the left side and was taken down for no gain by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald with 4:38 to go in the third quarter.