49ers at Ravens score: Lamar Jackson, Justin Tucker lift Baltimore over San Francisco in close battle

All the highlights from this weekend's most anticipated cross-conference clash

The San Francisco 49ers came into Week 13 as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, but the Baltimore Ravens came in even hotter, and they left with a victory in one of the most anticipated cross-conference showdowns of the week, claiming a 20-17 win thanks to more Lamar Jackson athleticism and a 49-yard go-ahead field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired.

Both sides wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in Sunday's affair, with the Niners striking first on a ridiculous adjustment by Deebo Samuel on a fourth-down heave by Jimmy Garoppolo and the Ravens responding after a strip-sack with Lamar Jackson's floater to Mark Andrews. Jackson's legs helped Baltimore enter halftime with a narrow lead, while the rainy conditions seemed to aid San Francisco's long second-quarter scoring run, when Raheem Mostert avoided a number of tackles to knot the game at 14.

Things stayed close entering the fourth and final quarter, with both Baltimore and San Francisco logging a turnover en route to a 17-17 gridlock. The teams also traded fourth-down stops as the minutes wound down, before Jackson led the game-winning drive and set up Tucker's 14th career game-winning FG.

Let's take a deeper dive into how the Ravens survived the 49ers on Sunday afternoon:

Why the Ravens won

On a rainy day in Baltimore, Greg Roman got only 105 passing yards from Lamar Jackson, but fortunately for the Ravens the NFL's leading MVP candidate isn't an MVP candidate just because of his arm. Jackson was unsurprisingly active on the ground Sunday, and he made just about every carry count, leading Baltimore with 101 yards (6.6 yards per rush), including a second-quarter score that capped a 13-play drive and put the home team ahead by seven.

John Harbaugh's aggressiveness also contributed to the win, with the Ravens converting two of three fourth-down tries, including a crucial one late in the fourth. The defense surrendered too many chunk plays early on but rebounded with some timely stops, while the weather also played a factor, allowing the Ravens to lean on their ground game against a so-so 49ers run defense.

Why the 49ers lost

San Francisco had quite a few splash plays early on, none bigger than Deebo Samuel's inexplicable touchdown catch on the Niners' opening drive. Raheem Mostert also headlined Kyle Shanahan's ground attack with ease, averaging nearly eight yards a carry to total 146 yards against Baltimore. But for whatever reason, they never seemed completely in rhythm, with Jimmy Garoppolo struggling to connect on any big passes (save for the first-drive Samuel score).

More so, the defense -- particularly the front four -- was predictably neutralized by Jackson's speed. Dominant as the 49ers may be, they couldn't keep up with the Ravens signal-caller, and his mobility was a factor all afternoon.

Turning point

This thing was tied up for most of the afternoon, so our game-changing moment came with just under six and a half minutes to play. The 49ers had just stopped the Ravens on fourth down and were moving into Baltimore territory before facing their own fourth-and-1 at their opponent's 35. But a Jimmy Garoppolo incompletion, prompted by Shanahan's understandable decision not to rely on Robbie Gould for a long kick in the rain, gave the Ravens the ball with plenty of time to operate. From that point forward, Jackson and Co. simply played their game, kept the ball on the ground and milked the clock en route to the game-winner from Tucker.

Play of the game

It didn't necessarily change the game since it came in the first quarter, but Samuel's 33-yard TD catch from Garoppolo was easily the most highlight-reel-worthy act of the afternoon. Under any other circumstances, Garoppolo's pass, thrown up in the air into double coverage on a fourth-and-1, would've easily been batted down or intercepted, but somehow, some way, Samuel maneuvered around Marcus Peters to come down with the ball and cross the goal line with ease, putting the 49ers up 7-0.


"I was on the sideline the whole time praying ... We chasing something right now. I'm chasing one thing right now." -- Lamar Jackson

Jackson was giddy talking with Pam Oliver after FOX's broadcast of the game, first saying he was proud of Tucker's game-winning kick and then addressing more speculation about his MVP odds. Jackson remains insistent that he's focused not on winning awards but winning Baltimore a title, and with each passing week, it's becoming harder not to believe him.

What's next

The Ravens (10-2) will hit the road for Week 14 with a 1 p.m. ET showdown with the Buffalo Bills (9-3) on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 49ers (10-2), meanwhile, will visit the New Orleans Saints (10-2) in a potential NFC Championship preview, kicking off at the same time on Dec. 8.

Relive all the action from Sunday's anticipated NFC clash right here:

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BAL -5.5, o45.5
BAL -5.5, O/U 45.5

Season Leaders

J. Garoppolo 3978 YD, 27 TDS, 13 INTS
J. Garoppolo 3978 YD, 27 TDS, 13 INTS
L. Jackson 3127 YD, 36 TDS, 6 INTS
L. Jackson 3127 YD, 36 TDS, 6 INTS
R. Mostert 137 ATT, 772 YD, 8 TDS
R. Mostert 137 ATT, 772 YD, 8 TDS
L. Jackson 176 ATT, 1206 YD, 7 TDS
L. Jackson 176 ATT, 1206 YD, 7 TDS
G. Kittle 85 REC, 1053 YD, 5 TDS
G. Kittle 85 REC, 1053 YD, 5 TDS
M. Andrews 64 REC, 852 YD, 10 TDS
M. Andrews 64 REC, 852 YD, 10 TDS
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That's the Ravens' eighth straight win, sealed with Tucker's 49-yarder. The AFC North is theirs to lose.

And he does it! Ravens win! Baltimore improves to 10-2, San Francisco falls to 10-2. It wasn't pretty, but it counts.

Three seconds to go. Justin Tucker will get the chance to lift the Ravens over the 49ers. Has 13 game-winners in his career.

Justin Tucker warming up on the sideline. Ravens were already well within his range, but Jackson loses a few yards on a second-down scramble.

Jackson now with 101 yards rushing (6.3 yards per carry) on the day.

Two-minute warning. The Ravens are in control here. Jimmy G better be getting his mind right on the sideline.

A little Patrick Mahomes-esque roll-out and side-arm pass from Jackson to Hayden Hurst for another solid gain.

Niners also down to one timeout. Clock at 2:34 now.

If Baltimore can pick up another first down or two, they'll be really well positioned to milk this clock, take the lead and put pressure on Garoppolo to score in a hurry.

And they get it. Under five minutes now.

Yet another fourth-and-1. If Ravens elect to go for it, that'll make three straight drives one of these teams has gone for it on fourth. Both times so far, it's failed.

Time for Lamar Jackson to capitalize.

@Ravens via Twitter
December 1, 2019, 8:43 PM

And the Ravens get the stop they need, with Garoppolo's pass getting tipped at the line.

Niners sticking to the run on this drive. Mostert falls just short of a first, so here comes another fourth-down call from Shanahan.

Fourth-and-5 from the Niners' 40, and Jackson throws a little too low targeting Mark Andrews. Fred Warner got a piece of it as well. Big stand for the San Francisco defense.

A little side-arm action from Jackson on that rope to Snead.

Garoppolo throws short of his target on third-and-10 after facing some pressure, so the ball is back in the Ravens' hands after the punt. Rain still coming down here. 12:21 to go in a 17-17 game.

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