Childs Walker, reporter: After a long run of blowouts, the Ravens proved they could win a dogfight against an opponent that matched them in nearly every way.
The Baltimore Ravens will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon in a game that some feel is a potential Super Bowl preview. Jimmy Garoppolo went 15 of 21 for 165 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. The game's early going saw the Ravens punt for the first time with Jackson still in a game since Week 9, and trail for the first time since Week 7.
San Francisco itself is coming off a blowout win against a division leader in the Packers. At the conclusion of the first half, Jackson had eight rushes for 57 yards and one touchdown, and was 8-for-14 with 62 yards and a passing touchdown. Baltimore has fumbled 12 times but has only lost four, which is the fewest among the 26 teams who have fumbled 10 or more times. In addition, Jackson became the first quarterback in National Football League history to have four 100-yard rushing games in a season.
A 33-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel concluded San Francisco's first drive and made the 49ers the first team to score in the first quarter against Baltimore since the Bengals on October 13.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens left with a 20-17 victory over the 49ers and the title of the league's best team.
The 49ers lone loss of the season came against Seattle in an overtime thriller. The Pro Bowler is not ready to crown the Niners just yet, but he seems to think the Ravens have already punched their tickets.
"We'll see how good they are once we play them", Baltimore tight end said. Despite Jackson reiterating that he's NOT a running quarterback and he would rather look to pass, he's only had one 300-yard game for his career and has never completed more than 24 passes in a single game either.