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Slugfest in “Charm City”: Ravens beat the 49ers 20-17

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December 02, 2019 - 6:50 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

Few games that receive as much attention as the 49ers versus the Ravens matchup ever live up to the pregame “hype”, which was not the case on Sunday. San Francisco and Baltimore slugged it out like two prize fighters in a winner-take-all bout.

The outcome of this game was not decided until there were just three-seconds left on clock in the fourth quarter. The Ravens moved the ball to the San Francisco 31-yard line. Their kicker – eight-year veteran Justin Tucker – put the ball through the uprights with no time left on the clock to give Baltimore the dramatic 20-17 victory.

Tucker said he didn’t care what yard line the team got the ball on to for the kick: “When it’s a walk-off kick, it’s wherever. It’s wherever [quarterback> Lamar [Jackson> and these guys are able to get us to, we’re going to do everything we can to give these guys a win, because they deserve it.”

Highs and Lows

  • The 49ers marched 74 yards on seven plays on the first possession of the game that was capped off by a 33-yard TD pass from Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel. This was the first time the Ravens allowed their opponents to score on their opening drive this season.
  • The first quarter was going the 49ers way until Ravens safety Chuck Clark force Jimmy Garoppolo to fumble giving his team excellent field position. Lamar Jackson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews two plays later to tie the game. Turnovers do hurt.
  • The Ravens had punted only twice in their last three games and the Niners forced Sam Koch to punt twice in the game. Koch has not forgotten how to punt as he averaged 51.5 yards per punt with his longest kick being 62 yards.
  • Marcell Harris – who came for Jaquiski Tartt who injured his ribs – forced Lamar Jackson to fumble. It was the first fumble of the season for Jackson. That turnover set up a Robbie Gould 32-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 all.

SF could not contain Lamar

The defense was not able to stop Raven’s QB Lamar Jackson but no other defense has been able to stop him this season. Jackson rushed for 101 yards and passed for 105 yards for a total of 206 of the Ravens 283 yards of total offense. He also scored one touchdown.

The Niners defense contained Ingram

The defense did not allow the tandem of Jackson and Mark Ingram II to run wild. Ingram rushed the ball 15 times but totaled only 59 yards and did not score. The Baltimore QB and RB have been a one-two punch that has devastated defenses this season. Containing Ingram helped the 49ers to keep the score down and to stay in the game on Sunday.

“Jimmy G” did not have a bad game

Given that game was played in a torrential rainstorm, the passing was definitely going to be secondary on Sunday. Garoppolo went 15-for-21 passing good for 168 yards and one TD. He was sacked twice for a total loss of eight yards. Garoppolo posted a passer rating of 110.2.

Garoppolo on what the team can learn from the loss: “We are going to face adversity sometimes. I think guys responded well today. We need to make more plays in crucial situations, and that is what separates a lot of these games, a couple plays here and there.”

Mostert “blows up” versus Baltimore

Monday Night Football’s Booger McFarland predicted that 49ers would not be able to run outside the tackles on the Ravens. Hey Booger – you were wrong!

Raheem Mostert has proven to Kyle Shanahan that he can hold on to the football. That’s why he finished with a career-high 19 carries and 146 yards gained to go along with a TD. The touchdown was his third of the season.

Mostert on being “hot” in the game on Sunday: “You just have to have that mindset going in and just play. I don’t really look at it as I’m hot right now. I just look at it as another opportunity for me and be a better player for the team.”

Kyle Shanahan on his team’s play in their second loss of the season

What Shanahan said to his team after the game: “Basically, what I told you guys. I’m real proud with how they fought. Our guys impress me every week with what they do. We had a lot of chances to win that game, but we came up short. It’s no one’s fault. Everyone did all they could. I’m excited about our team. Excited to go away for a week. I’m going to stay in Florida and get ready for New Orleans [Saints>. I know our guys fought hard. I wish the game was still going on. It didn’t end the way we wanted, but we’re excited to get on the plane and spend the week together and get this turned around.”

Shanahan’s evaluation of his team’s play: “I was real proud of the team. They played extremely hard all three phases. We definitely played against a real good team, but I was real happy with how the guys played. We had every chance to win the game, and we came up a little bit short at the end. Credit to them. Hopefully, we’ll earn an opportunity to get a chance to play them some other time.”

Up next

The Niners have traveled to Florida and will train at the IMG facility this week to prepare for their game with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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