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Raiders top Seahawks, 41-31, in exhibition finale

OAKLAND, Calif.--With Seattle's starters mostly making the traditional cameo appearance in the final exhibition game, the Seattle Seahawks were often unrecognizable Thursday night in Oakland.

Both in name and in play.

After the first-team offense scored quickly and easily on its only drive of the night to open the game, the Raiders took advantage of a Seattle team that often couldn't get out of its own way to open up a three-touchdown lead and go on to win 41-31 at the O.Co Coliseum.

Seattle ends the preseason 2-2 after having gone 4-0 the past two years.

But Seattle has weightier issues on its mind now as it must cut its regular-season roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 1 p.m., and then being preparing for a rapidly-approaching season opener Thursday against Green Bay at CenturyLink Field, a night when it will also celebrate its win in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Seattle looked like a Super Bowl winner in this one only on that first drive, when quarterback Russell Wilson led a quick four-play, 80-yard march for a touchdown, hitting tight end Luke Willson for a 25-yard score to make it 7-0.

Wilson, who played just the opening series for Seattle, was 3 for 3 for 77 yards and a touchdown and finished with a perfect passer rating of 158.3, opening the game with a 44-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse down the side line.

But the rest of the night was uncharacteristic of the Seahawks, who hadn't allowed more than 27 points in any exhibition game since Pete Carroll took over as coach in 2010, and had won 11 of their past 12 in the preseason.

Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr, attempting to beat out veteran Matt Schaub for the Raiders' starting job, tore the Seahawks apart early, leading the Raiders to touchdowns on all four possessions he was in. Carr finished 11 of 13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns and a passer rating of 152.1.

Following Seattle's opening score, Carr led Oakland on a 12-play 68-yard touchdown drive against Seattle's first-team defense, passing for first downs on two third-and-10 plays. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray.

Tarvaris Jackson then entered the game at quarterback and played the next three series, at which point penalties--Seattle had 11 for 90 yards through three quarters--and overall sloppy play began to trip up the Seahawks.

Miscues helped lead to two Carr touchdown passes that came in dizzying fashion to cap drives of seven and six seconds.

The first followed a fumbled punt by Bryan Walters, after which Carr threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore.

Then, a 45-yard punt return set up another Carr touchdown pass and one-play drive, this time a 20-yard toss to tight end Mychal Rivera. Typifying the night for the Seahawks, linebacker Malcolm Smith tipped the ball right into the hands of Rivera, causing Smith to leap in frustration.

The last of Carr's three first-half TD passes put the Raiders ahead 28-7 early in the second quarter before Seattle tried to rally.

First, Phillip Adams tipped a pass into the hands of DeShawn Shead, who got up off the ground and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. That made it 28-14 with 5:17 left in the second quarter.

Then, after a Matt McGloin-to-Brice Butler TD pass put the Raiders ahead 35-14, Terrelle Pryor led a 10-play, 87-yard scoring drive capped by a 33-yard scoring pass to Phillip Bates with eight seconds left in the first half. That made it 35-21 at halftime.

But Pryor, attempting to win a spot on the roster and getting ample playing time on the field he called home the last three seasons, missed on a chance to cut into the lead late in the third quarter when he overthrew Walters on a fourth-and-three at the Oakland 33.

The Raiders then drove for a field goal to make it 38-21 at the end of the third quarter.

A 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka got Seattle to within 38-24 early in the fourth quarter. Walters caught a 7-yard pass from B.J. Daniels for the final Seattle score.

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