49ers vs. Ravens: 5 Things We Learned in San Francisco's 16-6 Loss

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49ers vs. Ravens: 5 Things We Learned in San Francisco's 16-6 Loss
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The remaining image of Thursday’s battle among Harbaugh teams was that of Alex Smith dropping back in the pocket for a pass, only to have the protection collapse under an onslaught of Ravens.

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.

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