Ravens Impress with Convincing Victory Over 49ers

Ravens Impress with Convincing Victory Over 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens proved to everyone on Monday, December 25 that they are a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl this season.

They beat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 with a 33-19 victory that Ravens quarterback Patrick Queen thought was no fluke. Sports Illustrator’s Albert Breer spoke with the veteran after the win. Regina said, “We know they [49ers] don’t think people can go with them for four quarters.

We’re a team that does.” Much of the week was spent with pundits showering the 49ers with flowers, such as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who made aggressive comments about the Ravens but also said, “Looking for another place.

” The 49ers are the current Super Bowl favorites and have looked undefeated for most of the season when healthy. Many expected the 49ers to punch the Ravens in the mouth and send them home early, but instead the 49ers were exposed in front of their home crowd.

“People don’t want to play the kind of football we want. They’re a physical team. They’re that aggressive team. But I think our brand of football is second to none,” Queen said. According to Breer, “from that came the belief that if Baltimore faltered physically and creatively, the dam would break.

” The Ravens came in waves after both QB Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold. The Ravens didn’t get a sack until late in the game, but when they did, the 49ers’ offensive line couldn’t stop Baltimore’s front.

Patrick Queen Gives Brock Purdy Backhanded Compliment

The defense forced Purdy into mistakes. With weapons like RB Christian McCaffrey, WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuki, and TE George Kittle, the Ravens defense focused on making the then-MVP bullpen as uncomfortable as possible.

“[Purdy is] a great quarterback. He’s made some amazing throws these weeks. We knew there were plays you could take advantage of. There are plays where he messes up, but people just don’t take advantage of it. We knew we could take advantage of it, Regina told Breer.

Safety Kyle Hamilton capitalized on Purdy’s interceptions twice. He picked him first in the red zone based on bad reads on the QB. According to Kevin Oestreicher of The Ravens Wire, Kyle Hamilton lured Brock Purdy into this wiretap. Later, he appeared to get pancaked trying to rush the QB, but watched the play after leveling up and caught a tipped pass. According to Regina,

“The boys in the front, while they eat, we can play in the back.” Two of Purdy’s four interceptions came on plays when the linebacker pressured or deflected a pass.

Patrick Queen and Teammates Sound off on Lamar’s MVP Chances

A byproduct of the Ravens’ win was its impact on the MVP race. Purdy was the pregame favorite, with Ravens QB Lamar Jackson second. Now, according to VegasInsider, Jackson is the frontrunner for the award, and teammates believe it’s justified.

Regina told Breer, “I think he’s proven that over and over again. He’s going to continue to do that. We all believe in him. That’s the MVP in our eyes.” Roquan Smith spoke to reporters after the game and said, “I think if anybody watched the games, if anybody watched football this season and watched the Baltimore Ravens, they know for sure that Lamar Jackson is the MVP.

” Head coach John Harbaugh raved about his QB in the postgame presser, saying, “Lamar had an MVP performance tonight.” Of course, Jackson is still focused on winning the Super Bowl and chasing the Lombardi Trophy instead of another MVP award.

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