You couldn’t have asked for more out of the the Harbowl than what we saw tonight. I predicted a sloppy, high scoring game and got the complete opposite. Neither team’s offense showed up until the second half, but a defensive grudge match proved to be just as entertaining.
Here are my thoughts on the Ravens 16-6 win over the 49ers in the Harbowl.
Webb steps up – This just in, Lardarius Webb is the Ravens best corner. As the clock ran out at the end of the first half, Webb intercepted an Alex Smith pass in the end zone. The play not only helped keep the Ravens three point lead, but gave Webb his team leading fourth interception of the season.
Red Zone fail – The Ravens were forced to kick a field goal after going three and out on a first and goal on the one yard line. Baltimore settled for for a field goal after losing yards on a Ray Rice run up the middle and a quarterback draw. The fans laid into the Ravens and rightfully so.
Pressure on Alex Smith – Give credit to Chuck Pagano, he knew that the Ravens were struggling to cover San Francisco’s wide receivers and made up for up with pressure on Alex Smith. The Ravens threw Smith to the turf a season high nine times and pressured him relentlessly.
Flacco hit his stride – It took three quarters, but the Ravens offense finally hit its stride during a nice lengthy drive at the end of the third quarter. Joe Flacco went 4 for 4 on third down with a touchdown on third down during Baltimore’s 16 play drive.
Regardless of what the scoreboard said, the Ravens dominated the second half of this game. It was a big win against one of the NFC’s best teams.