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The San Francisco 49ers Loss: Not the Baltimore Ravens Win

Jeff FletcherContributor IJune 9, 2016

The San Francisco 49ers Loss: Not the Baltimore Ravens Win

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    Sometimes two teams get together, give it their best shot, and one comes away the victor in a hard fought battle.  Sometimes there are breaks that determine the outcome of the game.  And sometimes, both occur.

    Har-bowl 1 was everything that everyone expected.  It was defensive minded, low in mistakes, and frankly overdone on the family angle.  But there were a few key plays that could have easily changed the outcome of the game.  

    On the decisive plays of the game, it was the 49ers who blew their chances, more that it was the Ravens who made their plays.

Chilo Rachal's Chop Block That Wasn't, but Really Was

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    With a 3-3 game Alex Smith dropped back and threw deep to Ted Ginn.  The two of them connected on a 75 yard touchdown pass.  In a game that was to be won on the defensive side of the ball, big play attempts were going to be scarce.

    Those big plays have to connect as well.  And a team like the 49ers can't even attempt a handful of those plays during the course of a game if they are going to stay true to their own style of play.  So when the play gets called back because of a chop block, it is especially devastating for the 49ers.

    Let me make one point.  That was an illegal chop block as defined by the rules.  The problem was that Frank Gore had already clearly taken care of the pass rusher when Chilo Rachal came and didn't so much as assist him to the ground.  

    A 10-3 score at that point of the game can alter the dynamics of the game as it allows the 49ers to play with a lead.

    On a decisive play of the game, it was the 49ers who blew a chance, more that it was the Ravens who made a play.

Alex Smith Throws Interception

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    As the second quarter comes to a close, the 49ers were prepared to take a lead into halftime, or at the very least come away with a tie. The 49ers were down 6-3 as Alex Smith dropped back and threw a ball to Braylon Edwards in the corner of the end zone.  

    It was a poorly thrown ball.

    A touchdown on this pass or any other plays leading to the half gives the 49ers a 10-6 lead.  More likely they kick a field goal and go in 6-6.  If they had scored on the chop block pass, the score could be anywhere from 17-3 to 13-3.  Both situations give the 49ers a clear advantage as they are allowed to play with the lead.

    On a decisive play of the game, it was the 49ers who blew a chance, more that it was the Ravens who made a play.

Key 4th Down Drop

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    As the game clock winds down on the back side of the two minute warning, the Ravens forced the 49ers into a 4th and 12 situation.  With the score at 16-6, the chances of tying, much less winning, were slight.

    How would the situation change if the 49ers had kept the touchdown to Gin?  Or not thrown an interception and instead kicked a field goal?  If both are successful the 49ers are tied and going for the win.  If the score is 16-13 or 16-10, they still have a shot.

    Ted Ginn's drop would have been colossal.  Had the 49ers made plays when they needed to, this would have been the play of the game.  

    On a decisive play of the game, it would have been the 49ers who blew a chance, more that it was the Ravens who made a play.

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

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    At the end of the day the Ravens won this game by not making mistakes.  Something the 49ers did do.  It should not be lost on either team, the fans, or the media that the team that deserved to win the game, did in fact win the game.

    But on the decisive plays of the game, it was the 49ers who blew their chances, more that it was the Ravens who made their plays.

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