The San Francisco 49ers dropped a close game to the red-hot Baltimore Ravens, losing 20-17 in Week 13. Niner Noise breaks down the game and hands out some grades.
The San Francisco 49ers have lost two games this season to two teams with MVP candidates at quarterback, on two last-second field goals following two unfortunate events that could have flipped the game the other way.
The first of these games was the Niners’ Week 10 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a game-winning field goal and the Seahawks eventuallly prevailed.
This Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens followed the same pattern, albeit not exactly. In the rain, both offenses had their moments while both defenses struggled to stop the run. The 49ers had a lost fumble by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo; the Ravens had a lost fumble by quarterback Lamar Jackson. The 49ers had a rushing and passing touchdown, so did the Ravens.
In fact, this game came down to Justin Tucker making both his field goals while Robbie Gould missed a difficult try to end the first half. A failed fourth-down conversion with a questionable formation nearly sealed San Francisco’s fate.
As a result, the Niners fell to 10-2 on the season after their tough, hard-fought 20-17 road defeat at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
This game had several good performances, especially from some unlikely sources. But in the end, the Niners came out on the losing side of the game, and as such, the grades will reflect that.