Ravens coach John Harbaugh simply owns the 49ers

John Harbaugh continues to prove that he owns the San Francisco 49ers.

Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers got destroyed on Christmas night by John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens.

It was more proof that head coach John Harbaugh owns the Niners.

John Harbaugh has owned the 49ers in his career

San Francisco got embarrassed on Monday Night Football to the tune of 33-19 on Christmas Day by the Ravens in front of the country. While the loss itself was embarrassing, it should not come as much of a surprise for 49ers fans given Harbaugh’s history.

In coach Harbaugh’s career with the Baltimore, he has had his way with the Niners.

Since Harbaugh took over as the head coach of the Ravens in 2008, he has faced San Francisco five times, and his record is 4-1 during that stretch.

The first two times he faced the 49ers was against his brother, Jim Harbaugh, who coached the 49ers from 2011 through 2014, and the elder Harbaugh brother got the best of the younger Jim both times. The more notable of the two of course was the heartbreaking defeat of the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Under head coach Kyle Shanahan, the Niners haven't fared any better against John Harbaugh. In the 2019 season, the 49ers lost to the Ravens 17-20 late in the year as they were chasing the NFC West title. 

And then, Harbaugh and the Ravens pummeled the Niners in front of the country on Monday night. 

Perhaps Harbaugh takes extra delight in his ability to defeat San Francisco with such seeming ease after the acrimonious nature of the way things ended between his brother Jim and the 49ers organization. 

Nevertheless, for Niners fans, perhaps it is best to hope that Monday night’s loss was not a Super Bowl preview and that if San Francisco is fortunate enough to make it to the Super Bowl, it's against a team whose head coach hasn't enjoyed such ownership as Harbaugh has.

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