Ravens 44, 49ers 6

Nfl Week 13

December 01, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. 49ers run defense

EVEN - - Jamal Lewis was held under 100 yards for the fourth time in 12 games. It was still a profitable day as a $1.9 million incentive clause in his contract was triggered by going over 1,400 yards. He did much of his damage on the Ravens' first touchdown drive, running for 30 yards on three carries. After that, Lewis was limited to 48 yards on 16 attempts (3.0-yard average). It was an underachieving day, considering the 49ers' undersized line and banged-up linebacking corps.

Ravens passing vs. 49ers pass defense

RAVENS - - Anthony Wright was productive rather than prolific. He threw two touchdown passes and made an impressive 17-yard run. His two longest completions --38 and 33 yards -- were to his favorite target, Marcus Robinson. Wright's three miscues (two fumbles and an interception) led to just three points. The pass protection against the heavy-blitzing San Francisco defense was sound, giving up one sack.

49ers rushing vs. Ravens run defense

RAVENS - - The running back duo of Kevan Barlow and Garrison Hearst was effective early and finished with 95 total rushing yards. But the Ravens forced them to grind it out by limiting them to 4.1 yards a carry. Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware combined for another fourth-down stand at midfield in the third quarter, which led to a Ravens field goal. Lewis had 18 tackles, and underrated nose tackle Kelly Gregg had seven.

49ers passing vs. Ravens pass defense

RAVENS - - The pass defense bounced back after a porous effort against Seattle by picking off a season-best four passes. Those interceptions led to 24 points. The secondary took San Francisco's receivers out of the game. Of the 49ers' 17 completions, 12 went to tight ends and running backs. All three of Owens' catches came against the Ravens' zone defense. Their pass rush didn't register a sack, but it did force some hurries from quarterback Jeff Garcia.

Special teams

RAVENS - Ravens kicker Matt Stover has made 18 straight field goals this season after converting from 28, 47 and 41 yards. The Ravens won the field-position battle by averaging 40.3 yards on kickoff returns and 11.0 on punt returns. Ravens kickoff specialist Wade Richey's first six attempts all went inside the 7-yard line, including his 12th touchback of the season. Lamont Brightful returned a kickoff 75 yards to set up a field goal. A 49ers facemask penalty on a punt return by Brightful near the end of the first half led to a late touch-down. Adalius Thomas made four special teams tackles.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Pass defense. After surrendering five touchdowns last week, it bounced back with four turnovers that set up the offense in 49ers territory each time. The Ravens silenced San Francisco's top playmaker, receiver Terrell Owens, holding him to three catches for 23 yards (his second-worst total of the season).

Thumbs down

Fourth-quarter decision making. Despite holding a 31-point lead with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, the Ravens ran Jamal Lewis, who has been nursing a shoulder injury the entire season, and threw downfield to Marcus Robinson, who was still bothered by a chest injury. Both maneuvers raised eyebrows.

Stat of the game

25.3. Average yardage of the Ravens' first six scoring drives, which were aided by four interceptions and a long kickoff return by Lamont Brightful.

Quotable

"With 24 points off turnovers, even I cannot screw that up. This is a complete game for us. It's the kind of game we're capable of having. It's what we're going to need the rest of the way to get done what we want to get done." - coach Brian Billick on the 38-point win, the largest margin of victory in the Ravens' eight years.

Trainer's room

No injuries were reported.

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