Amid the rainy conditions at M&T Bank Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers fell to 10-2 on the season after their hard-fought 20-17 loss in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
The San Francisco 49ers looked to improve to 11-1 on the season as they visited the scorching Baltimore Ravens at a rainy M&T Bank Stadium in Week 13. The contest featured Baltimore’s No. 1 offense, equipped with a likely MVP candidate in quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the Niners’ top-ranked defense, and there were plenty of playoff implications on both sides.
And after the 20-17 outcome, San Francisco fell to 10-2 on the season.
Gutsy play call in a key situation.
Meanwhile, Jackson was able to show off his elusiveness and speed on the ground, and he finished with 101 rush yards on 16 attempts. And his first touchdown pass came off a Garoppolo fumble in the first quarter, which led to a 20-yard score to tight end Mark Andrews to tie things up at seven apiece.
Through the air, Jackson finished 14-of-23 for 105 yards, a touchdown against zero interceptions and a passer rating of 86.3. And his first rushing touchdown of the game put Baltimore up 14-7 at the 11:58 mark of the second quarter, which was a direct result of a costly roughing the passer penalty against linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair on a would-be failed Ravens third-down conversion attempt.
Mostert finished the game with 146 yards on 19 carries, while fellow running back Tevin Coleman was held to 6 yards on five attempts. Overall, San Francisco managed 174 yards on the ground for an average of 6.0 yards per carry.
But the Ravens had 178 total yards on the ground and averaged 4.7 yards per attempt, which was good enough.
Baltimore retook the lead on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker with 1:58 remaining in the first half.
49ers kicker Robbie Gould couldn’t answer back just before halftime, though, missing a tipped attempt from 51 yards out as time expired.
The Ravens started off on offense in the third quarter, which saw safety Jaquiski Tartt suffer an apparent ribs injury while tackling Baltimore running back Mark Ingram. Backup safety Marcell Harris, filling in for Tartt, managed to strip the ball loose from Jackson shortly thereafter, though, giving San Francisco its first defensive takeaway of the game at a much-needed time.
Garoppolo gritted through the game amid poor conditions, going 15-of-21 for 165 yards, one touchdown against zero interceptions for a passer rating of 1110.2.
Gould managed to tie things up at 17 all in the waning minutes of the third quarter.
San Francisco started the fourth quarter on offense, picking up a key first down just before the final frame, thanks to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. And Sanders would pick up another key first down later on the drive, too. Yet the 49ers were forced to punt, giving Jackson another chance to make a big difference in the game.
Jackson’s attempt to hit Andrews on fourth down was batted down by linebacker Fred Warner, who finished the game with 11 tackles and two pass breakups.
Yet the Niners’ own fourth-down try the drive later also failed, giving Baltimore the ball back in its own territory. And the Ravens were able to move into 49ers territory, where they found themselves at the two-minute warning.
A key first-down pickup by Baltimore eventually led to Tucker’s game-winning field goal to send the Niners to 10-2 on the season.
And an uncertain standing in the NFC playoff picture with a number of key games yet to be played.