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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.” 

Ravens vow to be ready should they face 49ers in Super Bowl rematch

Ravens vow to be ready should they face 49ers in Super Bowl rematch

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens emerged from the cold and rain Sunday with a hard-fought three-point victory over the 49ers.

The 49ers were dealt their second three-point loss of the season in a game that featured both teams bringing everything they had. The Ravens and 49ers head into Week 14 with 10-2 records after Baltimore’s 20-17 victory on Justin Tucker’s game-ending field goal.

“Just a great win,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “(The 49ers are) very good football team that we played against. They played a very good game. They had a plan. It was obvious what the plan was, all three phases, and it was a gritty game. It’s a grit win for us, all three phases, definitely a team win.”

Ravens players on both sides of the ball acknowledged the 49ers are a good team that entered Sunday’s game with sound offensive and defensive game plans.

“We don’t really know how other teams are going to game plan us,” Baltimore offensive guard Marshall Yanda said. “Everybody has a little bit of a different idea on how to stop us. That was definitely what they wanted to do. Give them credit, they played us tough. It was a tight possession ball game. We’re excited to get that win.”

The 49ers own the league’s top-ranked defense in yards allowed, entering the game allowing 248 yards per game. Baltimore’s offense is the best in the league, entering with a 433.3 average. The weather conditions surely were a factor, but the Ravens managed only 283 total yards.

“They’re a great team – well-coached, physical, and they run the ball (well) and a solid defense,” said Ravens running back Mark Ingram, who rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries. “They’re a great team in the league, and this was a great win for us. It wasn’t pretty, but we were able to gut it out, and that’s what great teams do.”

Tight end Hayden Hurst echoed those same sentiments.

“They came in here, and the plan was to play physical," Hurst said. "That was a really great football game. Hats off to them. They had a great game plan, but we just executed down the stretch.”

The Ravens converted a fourth down on their final drive, while using the final 6:28 of the game to set up Tucker for his 49-yard field goal as time expired.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, a strong MVP candidate, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries but threw for just 105 yards.

When asked if the 49ers’ defense was the quickest he faced this season, Jackson noted how disciplined defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's unit is.

“No, I wouldn’t say that. I wouldn’t say they’re the quickest, but it was all 11 at the ball at all times every play. So you’ve got to give them credit. They were flying.”

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Afterward, there was a sense that it is a distinct possibility these teams could navigate their ways through the playoffs in their respective conferences to meet again in the Super Bowl in Miami.

Both teams left the game feeling certain that errors made on Sunday can be corrected. For players on the Ravens' defense, they did not like how 49ers running back Raheem Mostert tore them apart with 146 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushing attempts.

“I just think those guys, especially (Mostert), are really, really good athletes,” Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce said. “We’ve seen it. It wasn’t anything new, per se. We saw it on film, but they’re great athletes. They get the edge on a lot of people. Unfortunately, they got it (Sunday), but we came out victorious.

“If we see them again, we’ll be ready, for sure.”

NFL history shows either 49ers or Ravens will play in Super Bowl LIV

NFL history shows either 49ers or Ravens will play in Super Bowl LIV

Ravens safety Earl Thomas seems rather confident his team will be participating in the Super Bowl come February, and if history tells us anything, he has a 50-percent chance of being correct.

Sunday's game between Baltimore and San Francisco will mark the third time since the NFL merger in 1970 that a team averaging more than 35 points per game (the Ravens) will face a team averaging fewer than 15 points allowed per game (the 49ers) in Week 13 or later. In each of the two previous instances, one of the competing teams advanced to that season's Super Bowl.

In Week 14 of 2007, the 12-0 Patriots, averaging 39.1 points per game, hosted the 9-3 Steelers, who were averaging 12.9 points allowed per game. New England prevailed 34-13 and advanced all the way to the Super Bowl, where the Patriots saw their perfect season ruined by Eli Manning, David Tyree and the New York Giants.

In Week 15 of 2012, the 10-3 Patriots, averaging 36.3 points per game, hosted the 9-3-1 49ers, who were averaging 14.2 points allowed per game. San Francisco raced out to a 31-3 lead at Foxboro and held on to win 41-34. The 49ers then advanced all the way to Super Bowl XLVII, where their dreams were dashed by the Ravens.

It's fitting then, that San Francisco and Baltimore meet on Sunday. The Ravens have the NFL's highest-scoring offense with an average of 35.1 points per game, while the 49ers have the league's best scoring defense, allowing an average of 14.8 points per contest. They've arguably been the two most impressive teams in the NFL this season, so it would not be surprising if either or both advanced to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

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But based on history, whoever wins Sunday will have a better chance of doing so.