It’s finally here…the HarBowl. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers (9-1) take on John Harbaugh’s Ravens (7-3) on Thanksgiving night.
Ray Lewis’ status was in question this week and he will be inactive for the game. One of the 49ers starters, Bruce Miller, will also miss the game and be replaced by Moran Norris.
49ers inactives: QB Scott Tolzien, WR Brett Swain, CB Shawntae Spencer, FB Bruce Miller, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams.
Ravens inactives: WR Tandon Doss, CB/RS Chris Carr, RB Anthony Allen, LB Ray Lewis, LB Dannell Elerbe, LB Sergio Kindle, DE Arthur Jones.
The 49ers won the coin toss and elected to defer. On 3rd and 4, Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin on a quick slant for a gain of 22 as the Raven got into 49ers territory. Boldin caught the next pass over the middle for a gain of 16, down to the 31. Ray Rice gave the Raven their third first down of the drive, bouncing a run to the outside for a gain of 10. Once the Raven got down to the 20, the 49ers red zone defense was able to hold. On 3rd and 10, Flacco was pressured by Brooks, who dragged him down as he threw. Billy Cundiff’s 39-yard field goal was good.
Ravens 3 – 49ers 0
Ted Ginn returned the kickoff to the 29. The 49ers went three and out. Smith didn’t get rid of the ball in time on 3rd down and had to escape the pocket and was dragged down by Zbikowski for a sack. Lee’s punt was fielded deep and returned to the 10 as the 49ers had good punt coverage.
The 49ers defense responded with their own three and out and will get the offense the ball at the 32.
On 3rd and 2, the 49ers converted as Smith hit Vernon Davis crossing for a gain of 20. After getting inside the 30, Smith was sacked on 3rd and short. David Akers drilled a 45-yard field goal to tie it up.
49ers 3 – Ravens 3
Flacco hit Torrey Smith and Boldin on back to back plays to start the drive as the ravens quickly got into 49ers territory.
Highlight Reel: Frank Gore absolutely leveled safety Bernard Pollard as he came on a blitz. No running back in the league pass protects as well as Gore.
Standout Stat: The Ravens have 97 yards of offense through the first quarter.
Put it in Perspective: The ravens have been able to pick up big chunks of yardage so far. The 49ers defense needs to limit the big plays. It’s been a very evenly matched first quarter.
Aldon Smith pressured Flacco, who threw it away on third down. Ginn faked a fair catch and let the punt roll into the end zone.
Smith hit Ginn for a 75-yard touchdown, but it was called back because of a chop block. Smith was sacked on 3rd down as the defensive lineman went unblocked by Rachal. Costanzo drew a block in the back on the punt, backing the Ravens up to their own 35.
The defense forced a three and out. Flacco scrambled on 3rd down and looked to have enough room to pick up the first down, but the defense closed quickly and brought him down one yard short.
Kendall Hunter picked up 9 yards on the first play of the drive on a sweep to the left side. The 49ers picked up one first down, but that would be it. Smith was sacked once again and Delanie Walker was flagged for a false start to put them in third and very long.
Big penalty to start the drive. Tarell Brown picked off Flacco’s pass intended for Smith deep, but he was called for PI. With the Ravens threatening on the goal line, the defense held. Flacco tried to scramble on third down and was well short.
Ravens 6 – 49ers 3
The 49ers marched down the field with their two-minute offense. On 4th and three, John Harbaugh called a timeout and brother Jim went for it. There were 12 men in the huddle for Baltimore, but the 49ers converted either way. Smith tried to take a shot for Braylon Edwards. It was a bit underthrown and Edwards wasn’t able to make a play on the ball. It was picked off by Lardarius Webb in the end zone.
Highlight Reel: All three play of the 49ers goal line stand were impressive, but the second down play where Spillman dropped Rice for a loss was probably the best.
Standout Stat: The 49ers and Ravens are evenly matched in just about every stat, but the 49ers have one turnover that cost them three point…which is the difference in the game.
Put it in Perspective: Adam Snyder has been in and out of the game with a leg injury and it’s seemed to hurt the chemistry on the offensive line. They’ve given up four sacks. The 49ers will get the ball to start the second half and need the same kind of performance they had to start the second half last week.
On 3rd and 17, Smith threw a beautiful ball to Crabtree on a deep out for a gain of 18. Smith picked up another first down with his legs, escaping the pocket and running all the way to the 45. The drive stalled after a sack by Terrell Suggs, but David Akers was able to tie it up by hitting a 52-yard field goal.
49ers 6 – Ravens 6
The Ravens converted on third down as Flacco hit Boldin in the right flat and he was able to get to the first down marker just before Culliver got there for the tackle. The Ravens picked up another first down as Flacco hit Lee Evans on a crossing route all the way across the field to pick up 8. The Rans drove all the way down inside the 10 before the end of the quarter.
Highlight Reel: Crabtree made a great leaping catch to convert on 3rd and 17.
Standout Stat: the 49ers are just 2 of 8 on third down conversions. Several of them have been third and longs.
Put it in Perspective: It’s still a tie game though Baltimore is threatening to score. It’s still anyone’s ball game. The 49ers can’t turn the ball over and need to give Smith time to throw. He’s been getting hit all game, while Flacco has had plenty of time to throw.
Not the way the 49ers wanted to start the fourth quarter as Flacco hit Pitta for a score over the middle.
Ravens 13 – 49ers 6
Ginn returned the kickoff to the 28. The 49ers went three and out at a time when they needed a good drive. Smith was again sacked on third down. It was the Ravens 7th sack of the game, a season high.
The Ravens started their drive from the 28. After getting into 49ers territory, the 49ers held on 3rd and inches as Bowman brought down Rice in the backfield. Ginn called for the fair catch at the 10.
Smith was sacked for the eighth time, this one coming on third down to force a three and out and a punt. Spillman made the tackle on the punt at the 40.
The Ravens kept their streak of third down conversions in the second half going as Flacco hit Rice on 3rd and short. We have to run down to the field to get ready for postgame.
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