Ravens 20, 49ers 17

A great game between two great teams. The Ravens had the ball last and made one more play than the Niners, kicking the game winning field goal as time expired.

The 49er defense showed why they’re the best in the league, holding Lamar Jackson to 105 yards passing and the high scoring Ravens to 283 yards total – almost 200 below their average. The Ravens defense also played well, better than any of us expected. They were particularly effective taking George Kittle out of the passing game. He had only two catches for a mere 17 yards. That might have something to do with the run heavy game plan that had Kittle doing a lot of blocking.

The game was about as even as a game can be. Each team had one turnover, eight drives, rushing was 174 Niners and 178 Ravens, and passing was 157 Niners to 105 Ravens. Each team scored three points in the second half, with the Ravens taking a half time lead of 17-14 that proved to be the winning margin.

Raheem Mostert had a career day, rushing for 146 yards on only 19 carries. At least for this game, he supplanted Tevin Coleman as the lead back. Coleman had only 5 carries for 6 yards.

This game probably did more to legitimize the Niners, even in defeat, than any other victory this year. Anyone who doubted the team can now put a cork in it. They are for real.

But it’s still a loss. And if Seattle beats Minnesota on Monday night, the Niners will be in second place in the NFC West, even though they’ll have the same record as Seattle. Not what you’d expect with a 10-2 record. They can rectify that by beating the Seahawks in the final game of the regular season, assuming both teams are still tied going into that game.

Four games left to the season in what has been an unexpectedly exciting year. Should be fun – as long as they win all their remaining games. That would give them the top seed in the playoffs. Otherwise, they’ll be looking at the number five seed and a tough road schedule when the playoffs begin.

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25 comments on “Ravens 20, 49ers 17
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Saints game – in fact, Hell, looks like ALL our four remaining games – are now Must Wins.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I believe today’s game will make us stronger.
    skeebs= you are right this team is for real.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Lamar Jackson dead pool: put me down for 2 more seasons.

    Sheet, they run him more than Nate Culpepper. How long did RG3 last. He finally came back and is their backup.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sports Illustarted had this article about the Niners which is a great read


    Two takeaways from this is Lynch fired Wright/Ferguson as the strength and trainers and replaced them with Peterson who was Director of Sports Science for the NHL Philadelphia Flyers. They have fenced off the hill that Wright built on the practice field and made the players run up.

    Second is their player personnel approach. It is said that Baalke and the scouting dept shopped for the groceries and the coaches cooked the meal with what was provided. That proved to be a flawed approach
    and now Coaches and coordinators have a greater say to which type of player to bring to the team.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last 5 games before Ravens met the Niners

    Balt 30 Sea 16
    Balt 37 NE 20
    Balt 49 Cin 13
    Balt 41 Hou 7
    Balt 45 Rams 6

    Ravens have annihilated all these opponents by at least 14 points.

    49ers made a game of it and it could have gone either way.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Game notes from PFF

    —Mike McGlinchey did not allow a QB pressure.
    —Raheem Mostert forced 6 missed tackles (T-2nd most among RBs in Week 13, K. Hunt 7, E. Elliott 6).
    —Daniel Brunskill allowed one QB pressure (hurry).
    —Garoppolo was blitzed on 21 of his 26 dropbacks (81%).

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the Lamar Jackson TD run
    Mark Nzeocha #53 didn’t hold the edge and went for the ball carrier leaving the flat wide open for a Jackson walk in TD.

    Clean this up and play your assignment and the outcome might have been different.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta give high grades to KS and his O staff. Stellar performers are Jimmy and Kittle. Had to give up a 2nd for franchise QB and draft capital wise got a total gift in Kittle.

    Otherwise an ensemble of decent players that have to stay healthy or gaps have to be plugged somehow. As an example the odyssey of the running game since both OT’s out.


    Good insight on weekly adaptations. The OL is tall and athletic for OZ. Laken the only one strong enough for power-gap blocking which was used more with both OT’s out.


  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some other comments were Mostert sees the field better than Coleman and finds more running lanes.

    Person is a weak power blocker. His 2 year deal was OK backup money. He might be the first of the OL replaced next season.

    Last year there was an article of OL able to pass pro for 2.5 seconds before the sacks and pressures happen. KS probably scheming to allow Jimmy to get his passes off in 2.5 seconds. Males our OL look better in pass stats.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Most likely scenario, if everyone is healthy, is Brunskill ends up replacing Person next year.

    KS seems to be following so far in the footsteps of Walsh and McKittrick, not using too many high draft choices on the O-line, but finding athletic guys who are too small for the schemes of other teams.

    Walsh and McKittrick *did* have just a bit of success with that. Though it started to break down in the second half of the Nineties.

    My hunch is that first pick next year will be turned into multiple second / third picks and used at least in part on other things. We might draft one guy, probably a guard, but I doubt that KS backs up the truck for first round linemen.

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know he was playing that good.

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said CB Richard Sherman (knee sprain) is day to day.
    Sherman appears to have escaped major injury. It’s great news for the 49ers’ top-ranked defense in both yards allowed per play as well as net yards allowed per pass attempt. The 31-year-old CB is PFF’s No. 3 overall corner among 132 qualified players this season.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    For now, we need to start Brunskill at LT. Once Staley shows in practice that he is fully back, and a better option at LT, THEN we make the swap back. If Staley doesn’t show he is better, then Staley becomes the swing tackle, and then in the off season he either takes a big pay cut, or most likely retires.

    If Brunskill is the real deal, then we have a cheap LT next year, and we save Staleys money to help extend Kittle+Buckner, and if AA signs a realistic deal, then him as well. If AA wants HUGE money and years, then we franchise him, and shop him for the best draft pick possible. (comment #286)

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yes grump, both Skule and Brunskill have the agility and footwork to excel in OZ with healthy diet and weight training. Both lack strength at this time.

    Want to see what both are listed at next training camp. Skule 22 and Brunskill 25. Add healthy Coleman and this oline in good shape. What a change from the Baalke years.

    Bad breaks come at the best times for some teams. CINN drafted the top LT this year and he got IR’d in preseason. Sets them up for a great draft. Last year’s 1st rd was an Ohio state IOL.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If our picks, wherever they end up, in the 2020 draft are anywhere near as productive as the guys we got in 2 and 4 and 5 this year, I think we’ll be okay.

    Right now, I’m just worried about the Saints. We need Dickhead Sherman running on two good wheels.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing Brees does to help his OL (and himself), he gets the ball out quick.
    Gotta take away those quick hitters to win this one.
    Along with Kamara of course.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    NO D very tough against run but 235 yds per game on pass D puts it on our O to deliver a win.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    True View highlights of Ravens game. Different perspective


  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kittle’s value is just not in his receiving

    George Kittle was a monster in the run game against the Ravens.

    Shanahan postgame: “That was probably as good as of a run-blocking game in terms of how much a tight end in outside zone can move the edge setters. He dominated in that game.”

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have open roster spot after releasing K Chase McLaughlin today.

    Some think that Kentavius Street who started practicing today might be activated off IR to take that spot. Stay tuned.

    In a sidenote Tramaine Brock was released from the Cards and was picked up off waivers by the Titans today.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not comfortable with letting McLaughlin go, myself. I do not believe Gould is really healthy. He has not looked right all year, IMHO.

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Me either Gould does not inspire confidence at the moment. But I guess KS didn’t want to cut short other positions like WR. And, if Street makes a difference then it will probably be worth it.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s either Street or Exum at Safety as Taart has a broken rib.
    Those are the guys they will use that roster spot for.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s Exum. And McLaughlin immediately picked up by the Colts.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17