Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

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Jackson's one-yard score gave Baltimore a first-half lead Jackson's one-yard score gave Baltimore a first-half lead
Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 02:14

It wasn't the result the backers of the red and gold had hoped for as the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens 20-17 in a high-level chess match between two of the league's best teams. Both of these teams played really hard throughout. After taking over on their own 35, QB Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore offense would mount an impressive drive, whittling the clock down to three seconds and maneuvering well into Tucker's range.

Tom Brady threw for 326 yards, three touchdowns and an interception as the Patriots suffered a second defeat of the season.

Samuel caught two passes for 41 yards receiving and a touchdown. Keeping Mark Ingram at 59 yards (15 carries) was commendable.

It came down to a last-second field goal from revered Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, ironically from 49 yards out.

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But as far as losses go, it was another "solid" one if you believe in such things for the 49ers, and now it's time for them to head to New Orleans to see the 10-2 Saints in what could be a very similar game to the one we just saw here. Everything slowed down in the second-half which was odd.

With the loss, the Niners' NFC West lead has been trimmed to a half game, as the Seattle Seahawks (9-2) now have a golden opportunity to take the division lead with a win, Monday night, against the Minnesota Vikings (8-3).

Though the Niners now occupy the No. 1 overall seed, thanks to owning the tie-breaker (in-conference winning percentage) against the Saints, a loss in New Orleans, next Sunday, could send them straight to the Wild Card (5 or 6 seed).

They will have big games moving forward. Yep, the top of this conference is as loaded as we've seen in recent memory. There is still time for the 49ers to get back into first place in the NFC West (huge game at New Orleans, now in the No. 1 seed, this week) but it's got to be frustrating for the Niners to see their status change to dramatically in one weekend. While losses are never ideal, San Francisco should still be encouraged by their performance against the Ravens.