4:15 PM ET, October 7, 2007
Monster Park, San Francisco, CA
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Although Ed Reed could count the Baltimore defense's mistakes on one hand after his famed unit carried the Ravens to another win, the Pro Bowl safety still had two complaints."They only got two long plays, but we've got to take away those two plays," Reed said with a grimace. "Against a good team, those two plays will cost us more than they did today."
The 49ers set offensive football back about a decade with their conservative approach to this game. With veteran QB Trent Dilfer at the controls, the 49ers played not to lose, but it's tough to win with that approach. San Francisco failed to open up the offense early, which allowed the Baltimore defense to jam the box with eight- and nine-man fronts and really load up on RB Frank Gore. The 49ers also struggled to throw the ball in the short to intermediate range because the Ravens safeties were playing so close to the line of scrimmage. Right now, the 49ers are playing offense in a small, 10-yard box, which allowed Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to be aggressive with no fear of giving up a big play. The Baltimore defense was quicker to the punch all day long and brought consistent safety pressure from the back end to disrupt Gore and the running game.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
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Dilfer spoke with Billick before the game to put to rest the quarterback's years of bad feelings against the coach who ushered him out of Baltimore after the championship season. "I really appreciate him reaching out that way," Billick said. ... Smith threw a few pregame passes, then watched the game without a sling on his separated right shoulder.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||4.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||02:44||Matt Stover 26 Yd||3||0|
|FG||00:07||Matt Stover 32 Yd||6||0|
|FG||08:12||Matt Stover 49 Yd||9||0|
|TD||06:14||Arnaz Battle 23 Yd Pass From Trent Dilfer (Joe Nedney Kick)||9||7|