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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.” 

NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in NFC after Seahawks' loss

NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in NFC after Seahawks' loss

The 49ers earned a huge road win over the Saints to improve to 11-2, but that wasn't the end of their good news on Sunday.

Hours after San Francisco prevailed 48-46 in New Orleans, the 49ers' temporary place atop the NFC standings was solidified for at least the next week after the Rams defeated the Seahawks 28-12 in Los Angeles. With the loss, Seattle dropped to 10-3 on the season and fell out of the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.

The 49ers' win combined with the Seahawks' loss puts San Francisco in the driver's seat to win the NFC West, but with Seattle holding the tiebreaker, the division might come down to the Week 17 game between the two teams.

However, it is possible for San Francisco to clinch the division title before Week 17. That would require the 49ers to win each of their next two games against the Falcons and Rams -- both at home -- and the Seahawks to lose at least one of their next two. San Francisco would also clinch a first-round bye in that scenario.

Seattle travels to Carolina to face the sliding Panthers in Week 15 before returning home to host the Cardinals in Week 16. The Seahawks rightfully will be favored in each of those games -- just as the 49ers will be in theirs -- but crazier things have happened.

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Here's what the NFC playoff picture looks like heading into Giants-Eagles on Monday night:

  1. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
  2. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (10-3)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (9-4)

George Kittle credits gator-feet necklace for 49ers' win over Saints

George Kittle credits gator-feet necklace for 49ers' win over Saints

49ers fans traveled well to New Orleans for the game against the Saints on Sunday.

But it was a 49ers fan born and raised in The Big Easy that might have had the biggest hand in San Francisco's thrilling 48-46 win.

After the game, All-Pro tight end George Kittle was wearing an unusual necklace at his locker and at his press conference.

The necklace, sent to Kittle by the unidentified fan, was made of gator feet.

Yes, alligator feet.

"He said, 'Bring this to New Orleans with you and they'll protect you,'" Kittle told USA Today's Jori Epstein. "It did me well."

Kittle and the 49ers needed all the help they could get to win a crazy, back-and-forth game in the Superdome.

After the Saints took a one-point lead with 53 seconds left in regulation, it was Kittle's incredible 39-yard catch and run on fourth-and-2 that helped set up Robbie Gould's game-winning 30-yard field goal as time expired.

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Kittle finished the game with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown.

We recommend that Kittle continue to bring the gator-feet necklace with him to the rest of the 49ers games this season.