San Francisco leads the league in passing defense by allowing just 136.9 yards per game. Justin Tucker reminded us how valuable he is as an ace in the hole in such situations, hitting from 49 yards under miserable conditions to win the game.
Seahawks fans will be rooting Thomas and the Ravens as 49ers loss would give Seattle a chance to move into first place in the NFC West by the end of the weekend. At this point, every team should be putting the best foot forward, still, and there are still plenty of playoff spots and division titles up for grabs.
A 33-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel concluded San Francisco's first drive and made the 49ers the first team to score in the first quarter against Baltimore since the Bengals on October 13.
The combination of driving rain, a stiff wind and San Francisco's rugged defense was hard for Jackson to handle.
It was a much closer game this time for the Ravens, but they proved this time that they can win in the clutch.
Under intense pressure, Chuck Clark stripped the ball from Garoppolo and Brandon Williams recovered at San Francisco's 23-yard line. He has completed 113-of-165 passes (68.4 percent) while throwing 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions, including nine touchdown passes in his last two games.
Nothing against the 49ers, but they're playing in Baltimore against the Ravens, who are 5½-point favorites.
For the most part, Jackson won this one with his legs.
In response, San Francisco raced down the field with a speedy five-play, 75-yard drive.
For Earl Thomas, the Super Bowl is a matter of who, not if - as in, who will Baltimore play?
With a fantastic effort, 49ers safety Marcell Harris chased down Jackson, and stripped the ball right out of his hands and into his own possession. That's why they're picking Baltimore.
"You think the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl?" Kittle, one of the best tight ends in the National Football League, gave an instant boost to the offense with six catches for 129 yards and one touchdown. "When the Super Bowl comes, whoever we play, they're going to be in trouble".