Ravens Soar, Beat 49ers in Statement Win

Ravens Soar, Beat 49ers in Statement Win

LOS ANGELES: Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson threw two touchdowns in the third quarter and the Ravens’ defense dominated to beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-19 in a battle of NFL conference leaders. In what was considered a potential Super Bowl preview, the Ravens intercepted San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy four times. Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton, who said before the game he felt “a little bit disrespected” that Baltimore was labeled an underdog, made two such interceptions as the team’s defense set the early tone before Jackson took over.

Jackson gave up a safety when he tripped a referee in the end zone and was called for an intentional grounding. The 49ers then settled for a field goal before the Ravens scored 13 straight. Baltimore led 16-12 at halftime, and Jackson extended the lead to Nelson Agholor early in the third.

Purdy threw his fourth interception on the next play, and Jackson immediately followed with Zay Flowers. Things got worse for the 49ers when Purdy left the game in the fourth quarter after the hit left him with a tingling sensation, a nerve problem that temporarily affects feeling and muscle control in the shoulder and arm.

Quarterback Sam Darnold connected with Ronnie Bell for a touchdown, but Marcus Williams intercepted Darnold’s pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Jackson was 23-of-35 passing for 252 yards and led the Ravens with 45 rushing yards. The Ravens improved to 12-3, best in the AFC, while NFC West winner San Francisco fell to 11-4 — tied with the Detroit Lions in the NFC and the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the New York Giants 33- 25 on. monday In the second game of the day, the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback scored two touchdowns in a matter of seconds in a 20-14 loss to Kansas City that ended the Chiefs’ bid to lock up the AFC West title.

In their offensive spree, the Raiders defense took advantage of many mistakes by the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Raiders trailed 7-3 when quarterback Takla Bilal Nichols caught a fumble and ran eight yards for a score with 4:55 left in the opening half.

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