3 things Cardinals learned from 49ers' big Thursday night win over Raiders


The NFL in May announced it would fine players who kneel or make other gestures during the national anthem but backed away from the policy when the NFL players union challenged it.

49ers third-string quarterback Nick Mullens, making his National Football League debut, shredded the Raiders defense.

So while I do think that the fans are idiotic for fighting, I can't say that I blame them for feeling frustrated. "Today's thing was just attack your job and worry about what matters". The movement swelled to include dozens of players last season but their ranks have shrunk this season, with Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and two Miami Dolphins players being the most notable protestors now in the NFL.

Mullens started hot in his debut and never cooled off for the 49ers en route to the best ever starting debut for a 49ers quarterback.

But it was ultimately up to Mullens to take advantage of each situation.

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Raheem Mostert added a 52-yard touchdown run and the Niners outgained the Raiders 405 to 248 for the game.

Gould's second field goal, a 25-yarder with 3:59 remaining, capped the scoring.

Carr finished 16 for 22 for 171 yards and was sacked seven times before being replaced by AJ McCarron in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers, who struggled against the Cardinals, looked like a playoff team against the Raiders.