We break down the top five lessons the San Francisco 49ers hopefully learned from their 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL regular season.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers lost their second game of the 2019 NFL season in similar fashion to the first — with the opposing kicker finishing off a back-and-forth affair by splitting the uprights for a three-point victory as time expired.
In Week 13, the Baltimore Ravens celebrated at the end of regulation, just three weeks after the Niners suffered their first loss of the year at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in the closing seconds of overtime. Although the outcomes of the two contests were similar, the two games were vastly different — from the colors of the jersey-clad fans who filled the stands to the weather and playing conditions on the field of play.
Unfortunately for the 49ers, many of the problems identified last month at home in Santa Clara continued to be on full display in Baltimore on Sunday. If these issues continue, the 49ers’ 2019 playoff run will be short and far from sweet.
However, in keeping pace with the NFL’s hottest team, San Francisco displayed more than merely grit and determination as they fought their opponent to the final moments in the rain-filled trenches of M&T Bank Stadium. There were a number of lessons to be learned from Sunday’s Week 13 showdown, and the outcome of the 49ers’ surprisingly successful 2019 season will ultimately hinge on whether the team and its leadership either turns a blind eye to the obvious, or uses this opportunity to grow in their quest for their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Here are the top five lessons the San Francisco 49ers hopefully learned from their Week 13 loss to the Ravens: