Friday, November 25, 2011
Upon Further Review: Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 16-6 victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers:
The Ravens defense put together another dominant performance, holding the 49ers to 170 total yards.
It's an impressive performance because the Ravens did this without Ray Lewis, who was out with a toe injury. It's even more impressive considering the Ravens did this with two undrafted players at inside linebacker.
Albert McClellan (four tackles) went from playing at Marshall two years ago to starting for Lewis on Thanksgiving night. Jameel McClain (eight tackles) took over Lewis' job of relaying the calls to the defense three years removed from being the only rookie free agent to make the Ravens in 2008.
McClellan and McClain helped limit running back Frank Gore to 39 yards on 14 carries, a 2.8-yard average. By making the 49ers one-dimensional, the Ravens were able to tie a franchise record with nine sacks.
"It's Thanksgiving man, there's a lot of turkey," said defensive end Cory Redding, who set a career-high with 2.5 sacks. "We had to go out there and eat. And that's the beauty of stopping the run. When you do that, you can pin your ears back and rush the passer."
STAT THAT STICKS: 84 -- Joe Flacco's passing yards on third downs against the 49ers. Flacco completed 7 of 10 passes on third downs and threw his only touchdown on third-and-goal.
OVERHEARD: "Just running across the field, I felt really humble. Really humble, just thankful. It's Thanksgiving, and we told our guys there is so much to be thankful for. Running across the field to my brother, he's my best friend, along with Mom and Dad and my wife. You don't put yourself in many other coaches' shoes, but you can put yourself in your brother's shoes. I'm really proud of him ... I just can't say it enough, the job that he's done building that football team. That's a good football team." -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh after winning The Harbaugh Bowl
WHAT'S NEXT: The Ravens play at Cleveland on Dec. 4. Baltimore is 2-3 on the road this season.