"Double gut punch weekend for the 49ers, with a three-point loss to the No. 1 Ravens on Sunday, and then a tumble down the NFC playoff standings, all the way to No. 5, when the Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night".
Both teams would exchange drives into opposing territory, nearing field goal range, ultimately turning the ball over on-downs.
Samuel caught two passes for 41 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Packers (9-3) defeated the New York Giants 31-13 Sunday. Emmanuel Sanders was the top receiver for San Francisco with four catches for 41 yards. The Seahawks handed San Francisco their first loss earlier this season, giving Seattle a tie-breaker should they improve to 10-2.
Their second-ranked scoring defense (183 points allowed) did well, holding the NFL's no. 1 scoring offense (33.8 points per game) - and their incredibly dynamic quarterback - to just 20 points. The 49ers had more yards and yards per play than the Ravens, the hottest team in the National Football League, and lost a road game on a clutch 49-yard field goal. He had a career day with 146 yards on 19 carries and a 40-yard touchdown run. When there's an option between watching Washington slog out another game, or turning over to Lamar Jackson and the high-flying Ravens, it's not even a question as to who fans would rather give their time to.
LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson also found the endzone in the second half as the Chiefs improved to 8-4. There is still time for the 49ers to get back into first place in the NFC West (huge game at New Orleans, now in the No. 1 seed, this week) but it's got to be frustrating for the Niners to see their status change to dramatically in one weekend.
Though the Niners now occupy the No. 1 overall seed, thanks to owning the tie-breaker (in-conference winning percentage) against the Saints, a loss in New Orleans, next Sunday, could send them straight to the Wild Card (5 or 6 seed). We had every chance to win that game. While losses are never ideal, San Francisco should still be encouraged by their performance against the Ravens.