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Thursday Night Football, Week 9: 49ers turn to third-string QB against Raiders

With C.J. Beathard an emergency option only, it will be the Nick Mullens show by the Bay tonight.

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If tonight’s game doesn’t stir your football-loving heart with excitement,’re probably not alone. A pair of one-win teams go at it this evening with both franchises seemingly competing more for the top overall draft pick in 2019 than any hope of the postseason.

What’s worse is that one team, the San Francisco 49ers, will start their third-string quarterback tonight. With Jimmy Garoppolo on injured reserve and C.J. Beathard relegated to emergency-only status due to a right wrist injury, Nick Mullens will get the start for San Francisco.

Who is Nick Mullens? That’s an excellent question. He was a four-year starter for Southern Mississippi, where he racked up nearly 12,000 passing yards, 87 touchdowns, and 46 interceptions. He also won Conference-USA Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2015. Mullens spent all of last season on the 49ers’ practice squad, then was on the same unit for the first month of the season before being promoted to the 53 after Garoppolo’s injury.

So if nothing else, you could tune in to see if any hilarity ensues from that storyline. Here’s your thread for the game.


Oakland Raiders (1-6) and San Francisco 49ers (1-7)


Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, California


Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:20 PM Pacific Time (8:20 PM Eastern)


TV Broadcasts

FOX & NFL Network
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Online Streaming

FOX Sports Go
NFL Network Online
Amazon Prime

Radio Broadcast

Westwood One Sports
Sirius 81/83, XM 225/226



49ers favored by 3 points
Over/under total: 45

Last Meeting

Week 14 2014: @Raiders 24, 49ers 13

All-Time head-to-head record

Regular season: Raiders lead 7-6-0
Postseason: No postseason games