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Knee-Jerk Reactions Ravens 20 49ers 17

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The Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 on a last-second Justin Tucker field goal, to improve to 10-2. RSR staff react to the win here.

Derek Arnold

Does everyone remember that football games are supposed to be stressful? What a change, huh?

The Ravens proved that they can win the close ones as well as the blowouts. The defense took their lumps, especially in the first half, but despite giving up some yards in the second, they held San Francisco to just three points after the break. That’s something to commend.

Despite being suddenly an afterthought for most of 2019, Justin Tucker proves he is STILL…Justin Tucker.

Let’s take this one and move on (healthy! unless something comes out late that I missed…), and say that, should this team reach their ultimate goal, we’d all probably not want to see the 49ers again, right?

(JK…bring it)

Nick Capecci

It is hard to put into words what I saw today.

The weather conditions really prohibited what could have been a high-scoring game for both parties, and there were questionable calls from both sides.

Regardless, the Ravens showed the NFL that they are the real deal. I know they have had big wins against Seattle, NE, and Houston. All those teams are still trying to get into a groove, meanwhile San Francisco has dominated pretty much every game they have played. The Ravens played their style of game, while SF tried to imitate it and they just weren’t able to finish the job.

John Harbaugh should be in consideration for coach of the year. This team is not the most polished, talented, or favored. Yet, it is the hottest team in the NFL and are serious contenders to win it all come January. 

John Langley

I would describe this as the Ravens’ “C” game. They struggled to stop the run, had some struggles in offense in the second half, but somehow find a way to win. That’s what good teams do. 

Make no mistake, these Niners are about as legit as it gets. That’s a damn good football team and they are absolutely a Super Bowl contender, but in adverse conditions with the game on the line the Ravens found a way to make it happen. Lamar Jackson has ice in his veins and i expect him to be upset with his performance today and take it out on the Buffalo Bills. 

This team is very good. They may very well be the best team in the AFC.

Chad Racine

The Ravens are the best team in the league currently. Debate all you want because they have beaten the best. That doesn’t guarantee a Super Bowl but it sure looks like that is looming. I think the rain made this closer than it would’ve been. This shows the Ravens can dig down deep and win close games during adversity. The Ravens may not lose another game all season. 

Cole Jackson

The most impressive part of this game isn’t going to be found on a stat sheet. You can nitpick stats but, at the end of the day, once again, Lamar Jackson put the Ravens on his back and made plays when they mattered most.

The Ravens are playing the best football in the NFL and it’s no longer a debate.

That said, their weakness showed. They still struggle to set the edge and the athletic stretch zone scheme was a problem, but hey no one’s perfect.

The sky is the limit for this team and it’s very exciting to be a Ravens fan.

Aidan Griesser

— The Ravens just proved they’re the best team in the NFL.

— In all honesty, I think this kind of game was exactly what the team needed. Though they won, it worked as a sort of reality check.

— Despite being unable to stuff the run and battling a terrific defense, as well as the elements, the Ravens scratched and clawed their way to a huge win.

— Lamar Jackson’s game won’t wow people stat-wise, but it was a big boy performance. I’ll say the same for this defense, which was excellent when it really mattered.

— Two concerns: 1) Judon and Ferguson/Bowser were beat up on the edge, which will need to change quickly. 2) The NFL needs to own up to what pass interference is.

— This was a more pronounced weekly reminder that we are lucky to have the best kicker in the game. That wasn’t an easy winner.

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