The 49ers couldn’t have asked for a better start. The defense forced Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens to go three-and-out. Then, on offense, George Kittle caught an intermediate pass and raced 58 yards to put the offense in scoring position.
After another completion to Kittle, Brock Purdy threw it to the opposite colored jersey. He failed to acknowledge the safety on the opposite side of the field, Kyle Hamilton, and threw an interception. The only way this game was going to be close was if the 49ers turned the ball over.
The 49ers defense was the first unit to get on the scoreboard. Backed up in his own end zone, Jackson felt pressure from Nick Bosa and Chase Young. He couldn’t escape the pocket in time, and tried to throw it underhanded to avoid a safety. Jackson was flagged on the play for intentional grounding.
On the Niners second offensive possession, they once again moved the ball. Christian McCaffrey’s first carry went for 14 yards and Brandon Aiyuk’s initial reception of the game went for 18 yards.
Purdy was sacked on 4th & 1, but a defensive holding penalty kept the offense on the field. But after failing to win on first or second down, a 3rd & 9 incomplete pass forced a Jake Moody field goal from 45 yards. That made it 5-0, Niners.
Baltimore received a few gifts from the 49ers defense on the next possession. Tashaun Gipson committed defensive pass interference. Then, he grabbed a Baltimore face mask. And just like that, the Ravens were in the red zone.
Nick Bosa and Dre Greenlaw had a tackle for loss on second down. Then, Steve Wilks dialed up a 0-blitz on third down to force Jackson to get rid of the ball quicker than he wanted to. Ambry Thomas made the open field tackle, and the Niners held Baltimore to three points to make it 5-3.