Nine sacks and 12 other hits on Smith present a set of stats too much for the 49ers to overcome. It was the most Smith had ever been sacked in a game. And with that, the game brought back the feeling of futility that 49ers fans had felt so many times from 2002 through this season.
But the Niners are 9-2 and possess the second-best record in the NFC. Yet, Thursday’s game showed us nothing more than the Ravens as a more developed versions of 49ers—fierce pass rush, great run defense and a careful, but effective offense. In that guise, here are five things we learned in the 49ers' 16-6 loss.