As we celebrate Thanksgiving, many people find it fitting to feel thankful for their families. The Harbaugh family in particular has many reason to be thankful for their family as they have become the first family to produce two brothers that have become head coaches in the NFL and played against each other. Both John and Jim have done excellent jobs thus far coaching in Baltimore and San Francisco respectively.
But at least for last night, the older brother was the better one.
The Baltimore Ravens emerge victorious from the first-ever meeting between the brothers' teams, appropriately dubbed the "HarBowl." The final score was 16-6 in a game that was every bit a defensive battle as fans of both teams have gotten used to seeing. For the national audiences these games may be considered boring, but for Ravens fans there is nothing like a good old defensive game that ends in a victory.
Last night was special for another reason as the Ravens tied a franchise-record nine sacks. Alex Smith was repeatedly under duress as his usually strong offensive line had no answers for the Ravens' defensive front. It was a Thanksgiving feast for a hungry defense ready to prove itself without the injured Ray Lewis playing.
Over the next several slides I will discuss what the Ravens can take away from this win.