Ravens beat Niners on field goal as time expires

The 49ers love Richie James’ impersonation of Lamar Jackson and could find several other ways to use him

The 49ers love Richie James’ impersonation of Lamar Jackson and could find several other ways to use him

Raheem Mostert's 40-yard touchdown, his third of the season, tied it at 14 in the second quarter and gave San Francisco 83 rushing yards in the 21 minutes of game time.

This was a test Jackson and the Ravens needed to pass.

This, though, was different.

With the win, the Ravens moved to 10-2, while the Niners fell to the same record with division rival Seattle Seahawks (9-2) facing Minnesota on Monday night.

The 49ers' top-ranked defense kept Jackson under control. Maybe it's because the defense is so good and the run game is so good and the run game is so good. That drive had a lot of success going on. How would they respond? While both teams seem destined to at least make the postseason, making this game not almost as important as for other teams on the bubble, it's a matchup both teams desperately want to win.

Cincinnati earned its first win of the season as Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup and threw for 243 yards and one touchdown in a victory over visiting NY. The 49ers limited the Ravens to 238 yards and 20 points in the game.

The No. 1 seed still belongs to the 49ers immediately following Sunday's game.

That's not bad for a running back.

Kicker Justin Tucker's 49-yard field goal as time expired won it for the Ravens. They are in the middle of a daunting stretch of games - they are staying in Florida this week before their game against New Orleans - and, despite the outcome, the 49ers had displayed no glaring deficiencies.

That probably shouldn't come as any surprise. But, they also gave up 101 yards on the ground to quarterback Lamar Jackson, primarily because the young linebackers ran the wrong direction or weren't fast enough to chase down Jackson.

The Ravens, far and away the best rushing team in the National Football League, averaged 6.4 yards per carry during the first quarter. Regardless, when Harbaugh keeps the offense on the field, the players love it.

"We didn't like the look we had out there", Shanahan said.

"I was throwing passes behind my receivers", Jackson said.

The bottom line is every time the Ravens take the field, they have the edge in the kicking game.

Certainly, not the kind of weather that benefited the passing game. "You seen them", Jackson said. "That field, that wind, that rain, all of that stuff that was going on there".

Jackson completed just four of 11 passes for 20 yards without the aid of play-action. That drive ended four plays later with a game-tying field goal by Robbie Gould. "We battled it out all the way until the end". The pouring rain was a factor, but Jackson's opposite number, Jimmy Garoppolo, threw far more precisely.

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