SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Five things we learned from watching the Ravens fall to the 49ers, 25-13 at Levi’s Stadium:
1. This game should convince you the Ravens are toast, if you didn’t think so already.
The Ravens are 1-5, injury-riddled, with a porous defense. Not opinion, just fact. And their relentless early-season schedule does not let up, with a Monday night road trip to Arizona next. The 49ers (2-4) are the kind of team you get well against. Instead, the Ravens can’t feel much worse.
2. The Ravens’ secondary remains a mess.
Safety Kendrick Lewis suffered an unfortunate knee injury that looked bad. Neither cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) not safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) dressed for this game. Give any quarterback time against this secondary, and he will make plays. Colin Kaepernick did it today.
3. Shareece Wright had a nightmare debut at cornerback for Ravens
After being released by the 49ers, Wright was burned by the 49ers today. Torrey Smith smoked Wright for a 76-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, leaving Wright by five yards on a stop-and –go move. Then in the fourth quarter, Wright fell down in coverage, leaving Quinton Patton wide open for a 21-yard touchdown catch. Adding Wright was just another move that worked out wrong for the Ravens.
4. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will be celebrating tonight.
The former Ravens’ wide receivers both left this game smiling. Smith (three catches, 96 yards) showed the kind of speed at wide receiver that the Ravens sorely miss. Boldin (five catches, 102 yards) outmuscled and outmaneuvered the Ravens’ secondary.
5. Joe Flacco did not play well in a big spot
The Ravens’ quarterback threw two interceptions on terrible decisions. Flacco’s numbers did not look that bad on paper (33-52, 343 yards, two touchdowns). But the two picks were costly, and for the ninth straight time, the Ravens lost when Flacco attempted 40 passes or more.