Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable, left, shakes hands with San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary at the end of a preseason NFL football game in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009. San Francisco won 21-20. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
49er quarterback Alex Smith showed he can deliver a crushing block and bring down a ball carrier with a tackle. Unfortunately for Smith, he proved that fact after throwing an interception. He was the last man standing between the interception and a Raider touchdown.
But when he was called upon to pass, Smith struggled.
He completed three of nine passes and plus that interception in what might have been his last chance to beat out Shaun Hill for Francisco's starting quarterback job and the 49ers held off the Oakland Raiders 21-20 Saturday night.
Rookie Nate Davis led the Niners to three scores in the fourth quarter, with Kory Sheets' 5-yard run giving San Francisco a 21-14 lead. Charlie Frye scored on a 14-yard run for Oakland but threw an incompletion on the 2-point conversion attempt with 3:30 to go.
The game came down to the final seconds.