Baltimore Sun : 2019-12-02

RAVENS : 17 : 3

RAVENS

3 SPORTS RAVENS MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 | | THE BALTIMORE SUN C MIKE PRESTON’S REPORT CARD QUARTERBAC­K RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE LINE RECEIVERS DEFENSIVE LINE LINEBACKER­S SECONDARY SPECIAL TEAMS COACHING Tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce were solid inside but didn’t get much help on the perimeter, where the 49ers ran at will. End Chris Wormley might have had his best game as a Raven, finishing with four tackles. He also had a half-sack and knocked down a fourth-down pass on the 49ers’ last possession of the game. The 49ers did a nice job of adjusting to Lamar Jackson’s rushing ability in the second half and kept him from turning the corner several times. Jackson played well in the first half, though, as a runner, but he struggled throughout the game as a passer. But when the game was on the line, Jackson delivered in the fourth quarter. Halfback Mark Ingram II rushed 15 times for 59 yards and every one of those yards was tough and well-earned. He was the only inside threat the Ravens had and complement­ed Jackson, who carried 16 times for 101 yards. On a wet, sloppy field, the Ravens weren’t dominant on the ground, but they were efficient. Center Patrick Mekari, starting for the injured Matt Skura, played extremely well and was physical at the point of attack. The Ravens performed well against one of the best front sevens in the NFL and got movement off the snap of the ball. San Francisco had only one sack and just two hits on Jackson when he attempted to pass. Tight end Mark Andrews had only three receptions for 50 yards, but two were for first downs and another was for a 20-yard touchdown. Rookie Marquise Brown had one catch for 1 yard and was targeted only twice as the outside receivers were effectivel­y taken out of the game. Tight end Hayden Hurst had three catches for 21 yards. The key to the Ravens’ success this season has been getting a big lead and getting their base defense off the field. Neither Josh Bynes, Patrick Onwuasor nor L.J. Fort were physical Sunday, and outside linebacker­s Matthew Judon, Jaylor Ferguson and Tyus Bowser repeatedly failed to hold the edge. Cornerback Marcus Peters seemed uninterest­ed at times, giving up a long touchdown reception and missing a tackle on a long touchdown run. Fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith also struggled on the outside. Safeties Chuck Clark and Earl Thomas III combined for 11 tackles, but most of those were way off the line of scrimmage. Justin Tucker converted on field goals of 30 and 49 yards, the latter being the gamewinner. It was a tough kick, considerin­g that it had rained all day and the wind was swirling. Sam Koch also had a big day for the Ravens, averaging 51.5 yards on two punts. The Ravens, though, need to improve their kickoff coverage. Offensivel­y, the Ravens stymied San Francisco’s defense in the first half with counters and inside traps. The 49ers were always a couple of plays behind, but they made adjustment­s. Defensivel­y, the Ravens had problems holding the edge and will have to find answers to their problems on run D. Grade: D+ Grade: Grade: B C+ Grade: B Grade: C+ Grade: C Grade: B- Grade: C Grade: B+

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