49ers Come Up Short
One day someone will figure out how to stop Lamar Jackson, but it is not this day. In a day where the heavens poured on the rain, Lamar poured on the stats against one of the best defensives in the league. This game has been talked about as a potential Super Bowl preview and it ended with the Ravens winning just like the 2012 Super Bowl.
Lamar Jackson has now beaten not only the 49ers defense but the Patriots defense a few weeks ago. One has to wonder what will it take to stop Jackson. If the 49ers nor the Patriots were able to do it, can anyone stop him? Are the future Super Bowl champions in Baltimore? If they are not number one in your power rankings after beating the 49ers, I would love to hear your explanation as to why.
The 49ers came out strong and aggressive to start the game. On fourth and two, Jimmy Garoppolo throws the ball deep and Deebo comes down with it for a touchdown. And after the defense forced a punt on the Ravens opening drive things looked to going the Red and Gold’s way. But the Ravens defense forced a fumble deep in the 49ers territory to give Jackson and the offense a short field to work with.
And even though that fumble was huge for the Ravens it did not cost the 49ers the game. There were two drives where the 49ers let this win slip through their fingers. The first drive I spoke about in my 49ers first half thoughts.
#49ers First Half Thoughts
1) Need serious defensive adjustments
2) Offense moving the ball well
3) Raheem Mostert may be the best RB
4) 49ers with some terrible game time management came away empty handed before halftime
5) Ravens will receive second half kickoff
— Matt Woolsey🏈 (@AresgodFF) December 1, 2019
Number four: 49ers with some terrible game time management came away empty-handed before halftime.
The 49ers went into halftime down by three but they had almost two minutes before halftime to come away with some points. They were not aggressive enough and they came away empty-handed on a missed field goal by returning kicker, Robbie Gould.
As good as the Ravens offense is you need to score at every opportunity. The second drive to cost the 49ers the game was their last drive on a fourth and one you call a pass play that was batted at the line of scrimmage. You put 174 yards against the Ravens defense on the ground. When you need one yard, they opted to pass instead of running the ball.
Only Wins Equal Wins
The 49ers still have done amazing things this season and have exceeded all expectations. And it’s still amazing that the 49ers were able to travel all the way to the east coast. Play against an explosive Ravens offense. Hold them to just 20 points and lose on a last-second field goal by a pro bowl kicker.
However, the NFL doesn’t give out participation trophies and stats do not equal wins. Wins equal wins and with this loss and the loss to Seattle a few weeks ago, they are now tied with the Seahawks. Should Seattle win against the Vikings on Monday night, they will move into first place in the division and hold the number one seed in the playoffs.
It is becoming crunch time here in December and it will not get any easier for the 49ers. Next week they will travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in the Superdome and still must face the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 17.
It just goes to show how strong the NFC is but at 10-2 the 49ers cannot afford another loss or they will be on the road for the duration of the playoffs against some very tough environments.
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