49ers fall to Ravens in preseason opener
Brothers meet before opener
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talks with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh before their first pre-season game on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Baltimore. This is the third time that the two teams have played each other in the Harbaugh era.
Gore suits up, sits out
Running back Frank Gore was in pads on Thursday, but did not participate in the game. He watched from the sideline as rookie running back Carlos Hyde started in the backfield for the 49ers.
49ers settle for FG on opening drive
The 49ers received the ball first and moved the ball down the field on the opening drive. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick only had one passing attempt, but it was a key play. He connected with tight end Vance McDonald on a 17-yard bootleg pass. However, the Baltimore Ravens defense would respond. The Ravens stopped the 49ers in the red zone, forcing a 25-yard field goal by Phil Dawson to give his team a 3-0 lead. San Francisco accumulated 66 yards on seven plays in four minutes.
Ravens answer back
Running back Bernard Pierce lowered his shoulder and scored a touchdown from two yards out. Baltimore's opening drive consisted of 10 plays for 80 yards and took four minutes, 59 seconds.
Defensive line shines
After the 49ers and Ravens scored on their first possessions, the defense really picked up for both teams. Defensive tackle Tank Carradine and linebacker Michael Wilhoite each recorded a sack, while defensive tackle Quinton Dial put his stamp on the game by forcing two fumbles and making six tackles. Although the 49ers held the Ravens to two field goals, San Francisco trailed Baltimore 13-3 at halftime.
Leading the way
The Ravens scored in the third quarter on a 55-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker also made a 42 and a 22-yard field goals in the second quarter. Entering the fourth quarter, the 49ers found themselves down 16-3.
Ravens defeat 49ers 23-3
The 49ers failed to score after the opening drive field goal, while Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Butler to seal the game in the fourth quarter.