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Week 13 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 17, Baltimore Ravens 20


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San Francisco 49ers

Weather conditions and generally excellent (mostly zone) coverage by Baltimore, especially against George Kittle, stymied the 49ers pass offense. For real football purposes, this had the effect of forcing San Francisco into doing what they do best. And for fantasy football purposes, what they do best is run the ball with someone -- anyone! -- not named Tevin Coleman. Aside from this week's non-Coleman, Raheem Mostert, the other standout play maker was (once again) Deebo Samuel, although he was only able to show it on one (huge) play.

Baltimore Ravens

The 49ers defense proved to be a stiff test for the Ravens offense. Lamar Jackson did not find the same success throwing the ball that he had had in previous weeks. The wet conditions seemed to effect Jackson and he had a number of inaccurate throws in the short to intermediate range where he has excelled. Jackson was outstanding running the football and picking up tough yards. Jackson wasn't able to create any explosive plays with his legs but he consistently picked up positive yardage and converted some key short yardage situations. Mark Ingram struggled to find room to run and it seemed like the 49ers were keying on Ingram on read option plays. Mark Andrews made some nice plays downfield and was Jackson's favorite target. Hayden Hurst also made a few plays. Marquise Brown was a non factor facing a talented secondary in wet conditions.

San Francisco 49ers

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 21 - 165 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0
The weather conditions severely hampered Garoppolo's performance in myriad ways. Deebo Samuel wouldn't have required acrobatics to make his deep touchdown catch if Garoppolo hadn't have underthrown him by 10 yards. A slippery ball likely played a part in his fumble that set up Baltimore's first touchdown. Less obvious than these, though, were little things like the wind moving his ball sideways so as to not hit receivers in stride. Also, there were a couple of plays in which Garoppolo had receivers breaking wide open as he eluded the pass rush, but unsure footing caused him to miss the opportunity.

RB Raheem Mostert, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 146 - 1, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Mostert had four carries that went for 15 or more yards, accounting for 93 of his 146 total rushing yards. Rather than detailing anything specific about these four runs, it's more important to simply note that they involved the kinds of skills you also see from Matt Breida (i.e., seeing the cutback lanes on zone running plays; breaking tackles to maximize yardage after contact), but that you rarely see from Tevin Coleman.

RB Tevin Coleman, 10 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 6 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Coleman started, but several short carries ending in a tackle upon first contact led Kyle Shanahan to quickly bench him in favor of Raheem Mostert, the much hotter hand. After Mostert's number was called on five consecutive plays, Coleman briefly re-entered to give him a rest. One carry and zero yards later, he went back to the bench.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (6 targets)
Whether because of the lingering effects of his rib injury or the generally superb coverage of Baltimore's cornerbacks, Sanders was more valuable in real football than fantasy football this week. That's because, although he didn't light up the scoreboard, two of Sanders' targets converted massive first downs for the 49ers: He made a diving catch on 3rd-and-3 and he drew a defensive pass interference on 4th-and-1. To boot, both conversions came on drives that ended in 10 of San Francisco's 17 points.

WR Kendrick Bourne, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (3 targets)
Bourne extended San Francisco's scoring drive to open the game with a third-down, 30-yard catch and run. It was actually the result of a blown coverage by Marcus Peters, however. It's hard to know what Peters was supposed to do on the play, but whatever it was, it wasn't crashing so far inside that you completely vacate the short left zone for which you're solely responsible.

WR Deebo Samuel, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 20 - 0, Rec: 2 - 41 - 1 (4 targets)
Despite mostly being neutralized by the combination of Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, Samuel still showed his play-making ability with a fourth-down, 33-yard touchdown catch on San Francisco's opening drive. Working against Baltimore's Cover-2, Samuel ran an out-and-up into the void between the cornerback and safety. However, badly underthrew the ball, such that "wide open" turned into "scattered, smothered, and double-covered." No matter, as Samuel adjusted his path to cut in front of Marcus Peters, and then leapt into the air to snatch the ball away at its highest point.

TE George Kittle, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (4 targets)
Kittle's quiet day was the result of three things. First, wet conditions and a near-unstoppable running game meant Kittle stayed in to block more than he has since prior to his injury. Second, the Ravens expertly employed an extra defensive back to cover Kittle with a combination of man and zone. Of those man-to-man routes, only once was he covered by a linebacker.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 23 - 105 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 16 - 101 - 1
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens struggled against the 49ers defense. Lamar Jackson was inconsistent throwing the ball. Jackson had been outstanding in previous weeks in the short to intermediate range but Jackson missed a number of underneath throws against the 49ers at least in part due to the rain. With the passing game struggling Jackson took it upon himself to make plays with his legs to try to put up points. Jackson ended the game with nearly as many rushing yards as passing yards. Following a turnover Jackson threw a jump ball down the seam to Mark Andrews for a 20 yard touchdown. Jackson led the Ravens down the field on their ensuing possession. Jackson had 38 rushing yards on the drive including a 1 yard touchdown run on a read option play. Jackson made arguably his best throw of the game down the seam to Mark Andrews for 18 yards. Andrews had 3 defenders converging on him so Jackson did well to complete the throw. The pass led to a Justin Tucker field goal giving the Ravens a 3 point lead. Of the Ravens 3 first half scores 2 were aided by roughing the passer penalties and the third was off of a turnover. The Ravens were moving the ball effectively to open the second half but Marcell Harris made a great play to steal the ball out of Jackson's hands in the open field. The Ravens were on the edge of field goal range when Jackson fumbled. The Ravens next two possessions ended with throws intended for Mark Andrews. There appeared to be pass interference on the first and Fred Warner made a great play to break up the pass on 4th down on the second. The Ravens got the ball back with 6 minutes remaining and the game tied. Jackson converted key 3rd and 4th downs with his legs to set up a game winning field goal by Justin Tucker with no time remaining.

RB Mark Ingram, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 59 - 0, Rec: 2 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)
Mark Ingram struggled to find room to run for much of the game against the 49ers. On almost every read option play 49ers defenders were crashing towards and hitting Ingram rather than chasing Lamar Jackson. The 49ers seemed to want to force the ball into Jackson's hands as a runner by shutting down Ingram running inside. Ingram was hit at or near the line of scrimmage on most of his carries. The 49ers also did excellent job of matching up with Ingram in the passing game. Ingram found success to open the second half when he picked up 26 yards in quick order on 3 carries but a fumble by Jackson ended the drive.

WR Marquise Brown, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)
Marquise Brown saw only a few targets from Jackson in wet conditions. Jackson completed only a few passes to wide receivers against the 49ers. Brown was targeted running an in breaking route over the middle but Fred Warner made a great play to break up the pass.

TE Hayden Hurst, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
Hayden Hurst made his first catch running a crossing route for 8 yards. Jackson had an ugly misfire throwing a pass well behind Hurst when he was open down the side line. Hurst converted a 4th and 2 with a 2 yard catch running a quick out route. Hurst caught a dump off from Jackson and picked up 10 yards over the middle.

TE Mark Andrews, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 50 - 1 (6 targets)
Mark Andrews was the only receiver that consistently made plays in the wet conditions. Andrews released up the seam, found a void in the 49ers defense, and elevated to secure a jump ball from Jackson for a 20 yard touchdown. Andrews again found a void up the seam in the 49ers coverage and picked up 18 yards on a very similar play to the touchdown. Andrews was targeted near the goal line on a similar play for a 3rd time but Jackson's pass was well off the mark. Andrews was blatantly hit by JImmie Ward running down the seam with the ball in the air and the refs determined it was not pass interference even after reviewing the play. Andrews made a nice sliding catch on a crossing route for 12 yards.