Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports


Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s efforts vs. 49ers went how one might have expected

Dec 1, 2019 at 2:59 PM1



The San Francisco 49ers did both a good job and bad job in Week 13 against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Amid the 20-17 Niners loss at M&T Bank Stadium, which sees head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad fall to 10-2 on the season, San Francisco's top-ranked defense both showed its skill against the passing game, while also displaying the year-long troubles against the run game.

Particularly versus mobile quarterbacks like Jackson.

True, the rainy and windy conditions on Sunday were likely a factor. But Jackson going 14-of-23 for just 105 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 86.3 has to be viewed as something of a moral victory for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's unit. This, considering Jackson's career-tying five-touchdown game in Baltimore's 45-6 beatdown of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football the previous week. And the fact Jackson currently leads the NFL with 25 passing touchdowns on the season.

At the same time, though, Jackson rushed for 101 yards on the game, easily finding seams and openings through San Francisco's defense. Many of those runs were critical in Baltimore picking up the much-needed points in its 10th win of the season. Jackson, meanwhile, exposed some of the difficulties the Niners have faced with dual-threat quarterbacks, particularly the Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray and Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson earlier this season.

"We made some adjustments, obviously, throughout the game," defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said afterwards. "Trying to contain [Jackson] more. Overall, I'm proud of the guys. We fought our tails off but came up short."

Still, plays like this became something of a regularity for San Francisco's defense:


But cornerback Richard Sherman was willing to take the Niners' defensive efforts against the Ravens, who managed an average of 43 points per game over their last three contests.

"We expect to hold people to less than whatever they had," Sherman said. "We're one of the best defenses in football. That's not us saying that, it's our numbers and our tape. That's our standard.

"It doesn't matter, all that, unless you win the ballgame."

Ultimately, Jackson ended up making more plays than San Francisco's defense could afford. And a key difference maker in the contest was the time-of-possession battle, which saw Jackson and the Ravens offense possess the ball 32:26 to the Niners' 27:34, including the game-winning drive, which spanned nearly six minutes and 30 seconds. There was a bigger difference earlier in the game before the 49ers executed a drive of 8:26 in the third quarter, which culminated in a game-tying field goal.

But Jackson was able to make enough plays late in the game, especially after San Francisco failed to convert on a crucial fourth-down try late, and the Ravens put a dent in the Niners' playoff-picture hopes.
  • Written by:
    Peter Panacy has been writing about the 49ers since 2011 for outlets like Bleacher Report, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, and is occasionally heard as a guest on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game and the Niners' flagship station, KNBR 680. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to his Twitter account.
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


1 Comment

  • Stanley
    This game was on the offense and the play calling and clock management by Shanahan. Not worried about it, or the Ravens anymore should we meet again.
    Dec 1, 2019 at 3:03 PM
    1

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers DC Robert Saleh expected to have a second interview with Chargers

By David Bonilla
Jan 14, 2021

It may be one of the best head-coaching vacancies in the NFL. San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh spoke with the Los Angeles Chargers over the weekend and is expected to have a second interview with the team, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. The #Chargers are expected to bring in #49ers DC Robert Saleh for a second interview, sources tell me and

Read the Full Article


Two mock drafts have 49ers selecting quarterbacks with one involving a trade up

By David Bonilla
Jan 4, 2021

The 2020 NFL season is in the books for the San Francisco 49ers, and members of The Faithful can now turn their attention toward the NFL Draft. One position that will have no shortage of news coverage this offseason is quarterback, as was the case last offseason. Will Jimmy Garoppolo return to the team in 2021, or will Kyle Shanahan and company find a better option? Two mock drafts from Monday morning have the 49ers adding a rookie quarterback to the roster. The first is from Pro Football Focus, which has San Francisco moving up to the No. 4 overall pick to select Justin Fields of Ohio State. "There are a few reasons why I strongly believe the 49ers will

Read the Full Article


PFF examines what it might cost the 49ers to move up in the draft

By David Bonilla
Jan 6, 2021

What would it take for the San Francisco 49ers to move up in the NFL Draft to grab a future franchise quarterback? Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus recently looked at five teams he feels should trade up to get a rookie passer and lists the Niners among them. The analytics site recently released a mock draft that had the 49ers moving up to the No. 4 overall pick to select quarterback Justin Fields of Ohio State. Right now, the 49ers are slated to select at No. 12 overall. What would it take to move up to that spot? Renner believes San Francisco would need

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

More by Peter Panacy

All Articles by Peter Panacy

More Articles

All Articles
Share 49erswebzone