After watching the game a second time, I really tried to pay attention to the play in the trenches. Im not going to focus on how the Niners O Line played vs. The Ravens D (we all know how painful that was...thanks Chilo...thanks Norris). The focus is on the opposite side: the Ravens O Line vs. The Niners D front seven.
After review, I noticed the first quarter/half, the Ravens simply pushed our D line back or at the very least met them at the line of scrimmage on run plays. It definitely allowed them enough to set up play action as well as keep the Niners honest from down to down. On passing plays, their tackles did enough to funnel Aldon/Brooks outside past Flacco when he would step up and seemingly complete his 57th 3rd down conversion. It was impressive to see the Ravens line grab and man-handle our D line and simply dominate the line of scrimmage, at least enough, for them to threaten our league record of no allowing a rushing TD in the fist half. It certainly begs the question, did we take a young and getting healthy O line for granted? Did the lack of time to prepare leave us only with the 3-4 man rush schemes we used against AZ, which Baltimore was more than ready for? Could Fangio have dialed up more blitzes?
The credit should go to the Ravens O line for showing up and playing out of their minds. What do you think?
I have more thoughts but it's 2am and my brain is fried from crying all day about our second loss.