49ers would love Ravens rematch in Super Bowl LIV after Week 13 loss

49ers would love Ravens rematch in Super Bowl LIV after Week 13 loss

BALTIMORE -- Both of the 49ers' losses happened in the same fashion: A hard fought  battle ended by a quarterback scramble to set up a game-winning field goal. 

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson scrambled for 2 yards on third down after the two-minute warning to set up Justin Tucker’s 49-yard game-winner on Sunday to beat the 49ers, 20-17. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson scrambled for 18 yards on a third down in overtime to keep the drive alive, setting up Jason Myers for walk-off field goal in Week 10, handing San Francisco its first loss.

The 49ers will get a chance to avenge their loss to the Seahawks when they travel to Seattle in Week 17. The only possible chance they have to get a rematch with the Ravens is in Miami at the Super Bowl. 

The 49ers' offense matched or edged out the Ravens in several categories, but couldn’t get it done on the scoreboard. The 49ers outgained the Ravens by 48 yards and averaged six yards per play while the defense held the Ravens to 4.7 yards per play. 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 15 of his 25 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and a 110.2 passer rating while Jackson connected on 14 of his 23 attempts for 105 yards, one touchdown and a 86.3 rating. 

Though they are still taking the season one game at a time, the 49ers would love nothing more than to get another chance to play the Ravens. After coming up just a few plays shy of pulling out a win in the pouring Baltimore rain, coach Kyle Shanahan wants another shot.

“I was real proud of the team,” Shanahan said after loss. “They played extremely hard in all three phases. We definitely played against a real good team, but I was real happy with how the guys played. We had every chance to win the game, and we came up a little bit short at the end. Credit to them.

"Hopefully, we’ll earn an opportunity to get a chance to play them some other time.”

Tight end George Kittle’s love for the game already has him pumped to play the Saints on Sunday but he too would love revenge on the Ravens.

“Definitely, that would be a good opportunity,” Kittle said. “Hopefully we can get that done. That was really fun. I’m just looking forward to hopefully getting another opportunity again. It was great game. I think two of the best teams in the NFL went at it, and they made a couple more plays than we did.

"It’s tough.”

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Outside of a few veterans, the majority of the 49ers roster never has been to the playoffs. Their matchup in Baltimore, however, might have given them a little taste of what the atmosphere would be like. 

“Definitely, every week is big, but being out on the field, it was a dog fight,” defensive lineman DeForest Buckner said. “It definitely felt like a playoff game. God willing, we make it to the end, and hopefully we go against them again.” 

2020 NFL Draft: How 49ers' John Lynch prepares while working from home


2020 NFL Draft: How 49ers' John Lynch prepares while working from home

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held as scheduled -- albeit remotely -- amid the coronavirus pandemic, keeping 49ers general manager John Lynch plenty busy during California's shelter-in-place order.

In-person visits with prospects at the team's facility or elsewhere are off, but Lynch said he is able to make the most of watching film of potential picks while working from his home office.

“People have a lot bigger problems than we do, I can tell you that,” Lynch told NBC Sports' Peter King for his "Football Morning in America" column. “This year’s a lot different than any year scouts and GMs have had, obviously, with all the challenges. But this time of year, what you really need is time.

"The other day, [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] called and said, ‘This is unbelievable! I’m getting so much done.’ And he’s right. He and I, this time of year, would be watching this tape in our offices, and the difference is our doors aren’t getting knocked on 50 times a day. I’m really getting a lot done.”

Lynch and Shanahan have more prospects to examine than they did a month ago. The 49ers acquired another first-round draft pick -- No. 13 overall -- when they traded dominant defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco, before then, was scheduled to make its first pick with the No. 31 overall selection.

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That additional prep very well could've included watching Louisville's Mekhi Becton, whose Cardinals were on-screen in footage Lynch was watching during a video posted to social media last week showing how he was preparing for the draft at home. The offensive lineman is projected to be a top-10 pick next month, and Lynch simply wouldn't have had much reason to watch him with the 49ers' first pick set for the very end of the first round.

We'll know some of the players whom Lynch, Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers closely watched when the NFL draft begins April 23. The 49ers currently have seven picks: Two in the first round, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss


Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Sheldon Day and DeForest Buckner will be teammates on a new team next season, driven by the last loss with their old one.

The defensive linemen joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason via free agency and trade, respectively, after playing together for the 49ers since midway through the 2017 season. Day and Buckner's final games with San Francisco were in the 49ers' 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and Day said the pair has additional motivation after not lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy last season.

"It was right there in our hands, and all we had to do was squeeze it and grab it (in Super Bowl LIV), and we let up," Day told reporters on his introductory conference call last week (via Colts.com). "So ultimately we have a chip on our shoulders and we know how to get there, and now we know what to do to overcome that shortcoming that we had."

Buckner sacked eventual Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes 1.5 times in the game, accounting for three of the 49ers' nine QB hits. Day, meanwhile, played a little over half of San Francisco's 76 defensive snaps and picked up a tackle.

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The Indianapolis native played in a career-high 16 games with the 49ers during the 2019 regular season, and Day started each of San Francisco's playoff games. Day credited his growth to playing with Buckner, and he's going to continue picking his brain while they're still teammates.

"DeForest (has) made me detail my game," Day said. "So we would be working on pass-rush moves, bouncing ideas off of each other, just trying to make sure that our game grew together, and we're always giving each other tips. If I see something on film [I'm reaching] out to him, and vice versa. So, man, what a special guy he is."

All the while, the 49ers' Super Bowl LIV won't be far from either player's mind.