They played one of their best games of the season against arguably the best team in the NFL.
The loss, however, loosens the 49ers' grip on the NFC.
Jackson spent part of last season on the Ravens' practice squad, then was on the New York Jets' practice squad earlier this year before Baltimore signed him to its 53-man roster on October 15, following DeShon Elliott's season-ending knee injury. Because the Saints beat the Seahawks head-to-head back in September, New Orleans would rank ahead of them while both squads share a 10-2 record; in other words, the Saints would have the first seed, the Seahawks would sit in the second seed, and the 49ers would fall to the fifth seed. While they now sit at No. 1 in the NFC, they would drop all the way down to No. 5 if Seattle beats Minnesota on Monday Night Football. If San Francisco ends up in a Wild Card spot, they would have gone from 8-0 to having to spend their postseason on the road.
So chances are good that the Saints will be able to (temporarily) grab the top seed in the NFC playoffs picture after this game.
The game was tied at three different points and the San Francisco defense was as successful as any team has been at slowing Lamar Jackson this season. While Baltimore kept him on the 53-man roster, subsequent defensive lapses saw the Ravens need the roster space to make some additions in Week 5, sending Trawick to injured reserve after two weeks.
On the flipside, while the 49er offense only eked out 17 points, QB Jimmy Garoppolo walked away with an efficient 15-21 on passing attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown. San Francisco's playoff push continues in the Big Easy, next Sunday morning, at 10 AM (Pacific Time).