The San Francisco 49ers went into Baltimore expecting a full-on slugfest and went toe to toe with the Ravens, but came up short 20-17 in what many are calling a Super Bowl preview. Niner Noise examines the top performers from the game and dishes out game balls.
Lately it feels like every week is the biggest game of the season for the San Francisco 49ers, and the Week 13 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was no different.
This must be a refreshing feeling for Niners fans who had to endure a combined 10-22 record over the past two seasons. With both teams boasting the top two rushing attacks in the league, the 49ers went into Baltimore expecting an all-out battle, amid the rain and wind, and went toe to toe with the Ravens, but came up short 20-17 in what many are calling a Super Bowl preview.
While the loss sends San Francisco to 10-2 on the season, there are a number of positive takeaways. First, the Ravens were averaging 43 points per game in the four contests they played prior to hosting the Niners. So keeping Baltimore from running away with the contest has to be viewed at as a good thing. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who tossed a career-high five touchdowns the week prior, was mostly held in check through the air, too.
The 49ers also received some excellent offensive performances during the game, which ultimately kept this bout close, only to see it end after a last-second game-winning field goal by Ravens kicker Just Tucker. Both of San Francisco’s two losses this season have come by such a means.
Niner Noise examines the top performers from the game and dishes out game balls.