49ers, Raiders enter rivalry game with many issues

Marcio Jose Sanchez/ap file photoRaiders defensive end Justin Tuck says the Bay Area rivalry with the 49ers will bring the best out of both teams.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/ap file photoRaiders defensive end Justin Tuck says the Bay Area rivalry with the 49ers will bring the best out of both teams.

The 49ers and Raiders aren't exactly soaring into the once-every-four-years Battle of the Bay.

One team had its owner publicly apologize for the team's latest performance, the general manager's daughter call for the firing of the offensive coordinator and faces weekly reports about the coach's possible departure after the season.

And that's just the 49ers (7-5), who still have hopes of returning to the playoffs after making it to three straight NFC title games

The Raiders (1-11) are in much worse shape, coming off the franchise's most lopsided loss in more than a half-century, 52-0 to the St. Louis Rams. Oakland has already fired coach Dennis Allen, is assured of missing the playoffs for the 12th straight season and faces an uncertain future with no lease next season at O.co Coliseum and a possible move to Los Angeles or San Antonio on the horizon.

With all that swirling around, the two teams will be happy to focus on football today in Oakland when both teams expect the local bragging rights will lead to a physical game.

“It brings the best out of you,” Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck said. “I think that's what this team needs. Someone that is going to bring the best out of us because, obviously Sunday wasn't our best.”

The loss in St. Louis was the most lopsided for the Raiders since they fell 55-0 to the Houston Oilers in the 1961 opener.

As painful as it was, it paled in comparison to what the Niners went through in a 19-3 Thanksgiving night loss at home to rival Seattle.

That loss left San Francisco's playoff hopes in peril as the 49ers trail three teams in the race for the two NFC wild-card spots. That was just the beginning.

CEO Jed York tweeted an apology for what he deemed an unacceptable performance, adding to the speculation that coach Jim Harbaugh won't be back next season.

General manager Trent Baalke's daughter, Cassie, posted on her now-defunct Twitter account that offensive coordinator Greg Roman should “take a hike.” Trent Baalke apologized for his daughter's actions.

“It's something that we don't pay attention to at all,” receiver Anquan Boldin said. “Honestly, whether it's true or not, we can't control what people are saying or all that outside noise. Our job is to come in here and do our job well and that's to come in and play and prepare each week, so that's what we do.”

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