The Baltimore Ravens are in a world of trouble and have no one to blame but themselves for their 25-20 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s almost sickening to think that these two teams were in a Super Bowl just two years ago, but the Ravens are sitting at 1-5 with questions throughout the roster.
This team continues to shoot themselves in the foot with mistake after mistake. Penalties come at the worst times. Justin Tucker is missing field goals that are usually chop shots for him. The Ravens top playmaker, Steve Smith, dropped two touchdowns. Joe Flacco threw one of the worst interceptions I have ever seen in a football game. Nothing is going right for this team.
Furthermore, they watched two of Baltimore’s beloved former stars make play after play against them at a time when the Ravens are really struggling.
The Niners opened up the scoring with consectuvie drives that ended in field goals. Phil Dawson connected first on a 53-yard try, before adding another 30-yard field goal on their next possession.
The Ravens responded with a field goal of their own, but they will feel like they left more on the field. Flacco found Smith open in the back of the end zone, but Smith could not haul it in. Justin Tucker hit the 22-yard field goal to give.
Torrey Smith hurt his former team right away with a 76-yard touchdown. Smith beat newcomer Shareece Wright on a double-move and was untouched as he found pay dirt.
Flacco threw an interception on the following drive that set the 49ers up in great field position. He tried to force it into Kamar Aiken, but Michael Wilhoite was able to jump in front of the pass to make the interception. The Ravens defense did a good job of forcing the Niners to just a field goal, making it a 16-3 game.
Baltimore countered with another solid possession, but once again left some meat on the bone. Smith dropped another pass in the end zone. The two end zone drops weren’t enough to deter Flacco away from Smith as the duo hooked up late in the third quarter on a beautiful connection for a 34-yard touchdown to put the Ravens within striking distance.
The Ravens secondary made another average quarterback look like a superstar as Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of 27 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He set a career-high for most passing yards in the first half with 225 yards on Sunday.
Anquan Boldin made a marvelous grab for a 51-yard reception and finished with five catches for 102 yards. Smith had three receptions for 96 yards and the long score. The biggest back breaker might be that fullback Bruce Miller was even able to torch the Ravens for 89 yards on three receptions.
Shareece Wright, who the 49ers cut earlier in the season before being picked up by Baltimore, was the target most of the afternoon. He was in coverage on Torrey’s touchdown and also was beat on Quinton Patton’s 21-yard touchdown early in the fourth. The Patton touchdown proved to be the deciding score
Next up for Baltimore is another game in the western part of the country when they travel to take on the Arizona Cardinals. They are one of the better teams in the NFL, but are coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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