If the several servings of stuffing, abundance of turkey, or the piles of mashed potatoes didn’t put you to sleep, I’m sure that the Thanksgiving match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers did the trick.
This game was the first time in NFL history that two brothers coached against each other, and John Harbaugh proved too little brother Jim that big brother still knows best.
Baltimore (8-3) defeated San Francisco (9-2) 16-6 and handed them their second loss of the season in a game that was straight-up old fashioned football. Baltimore ran the ball a total of 35 times and they were able to muster up 92-yards on the ground against a 49ers defense that only allows 73-yards per game. It took until the first play of the 4th quarter for a touchdown to be put on the board, as Joe Flacco found tight end Dennis Pitta in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.
San Francisco had opportunities to put the ball in the end zone, but stellar Ravens defense and penalties held them to only two field goals. The 49ers offense was deep in Ravens territory in the 1st quarter after a Vernon Davis 20-yard reception and a 9-yard run by Ted Ginn, but the Ravens defense, which was without Ray Lewis for the second week in a row, came up big and held San Francisco to a field goal. In the 2nd quarter, Alex Smith connected with Ted Ginn on a 75-yard touchdown pass that was called back due to a questionable Frank Gore chop block call.
The monstrous Ravens defense held Frank Gore to only 39-yards and held San Francisco to a team rushing total of 74-yards. Baltimore did not allow the 49ers to get going offensively the whole night, and had Alex Smith on the ground for the majority of the game.
Joe Flacco threw a deep ball to Torrey Smith in the 2nd quarter that was intercepted, but a pass interference call gave the Ravens the ball back in the 49ers territory. The Ravens settled for a field goal.
Billy Cundiff knocked in 3 field goals tonight, the longest being from 39-yards out. The Ravens offense is still struggling to score touchdowns in the red zone and that is something that has caused problems for them all year.
With seconds left in the first half, Baltimore Ravens corner back Ladarius Webb intercepted an Alex Smith pass in the end zone which kept San Francisco from scoring right before halftime.
Terrell Suggs, the President of “Ball So Hard University”, and defensive tackle Cory Redding had huge nights rushing the passer, as they both accounted for 5.5 of the teams 9 sacks. The teams 9 sacks tonight tied a franchise record for most sacks in a game.
Baltimore is now a half-game ahead of the Steelers in the AFC North, and next week they take on the Cleveland Browns.
San Francisco is still in a very comfortable lead in the NFC West, as they take on the St.Louis Rams next week.