Final

49ers 3

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ravens 23

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NFL

7:30 PM ET, August 7, 2014

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 3 0 0 03
BAL 7 6 3 723

Top Performers

Passing: T. Taylor (BAL) - 116 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Taliaferro (BAL) - 13 CAR, 71 YDS

Receiving: K. Aiken (BAL) - 4 REC, 46 YDS

Ravens beat 49ers 23-3 in preseason opener

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- If the Baltimore Ravens' performance in their preseason opener served as a sneak preview for the regular season, then Gary Kubiak's new offensive scheme could be a smash hit.

Joe Flacco produced an 80-yard touchdown drive in his only series, and the Ravens amassed 386 yards in offense en route to a 23-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

It was the third time in three tries that Ravens coach John Harbaugh got the best of his brother, Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. Baltimore previously defeated San Francisco on Thanksgiving 2011 and in the Super Bowl ending the 2012 season.

"We've got some work to do," Jim Harbaugh said.

Especially on defense.

"That's probably the biggest concern coming out right now," Jim Harbaugh noted. "We got pushed around a little bit."

Each team played its starting unit for one series before the backups took over.

After Colin Kaepernick moved the 49ers 66 yards for a field goal, Flacco made himself right at home in Kubiak's variation of the West Coast offense, going 4 for 5 for 52 yards during a 10-play scoring drive.

"Ten plays in a new offense, that doesn't happen very often," wide receiver Steve Smith said. "We were high tempo, high paced, so that went well."

Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans, replaced offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, now Detroit's head coach.

"The execution by the offense on our first drive was what we like to see," John Harbaugh said. "Our technique and assignments were sharp. It was good, fundamentally sound football."

Four different receivers caught passes from Flacco, the former Super Bowl MVP: Dennis Pitta for 14 yards, Jacoby Jones for 12, Kyle Juszczyk for 17 and Smith for 9.

"You expect to go out there and have a good drive," Flacco said. "You envision good things happening. You have a good idea of what plays you're going to run. It kind of went on schedule."

Ray Rice ran three times for 17 yards after receiving a warm ovation from the home crowd during pregame introductions. Rice has been suspended by the NFL for the opening two regular season games after being arrested for domestic violence in February.

A year ago, the Ravens averaged a meager 3.1 yards per carry. In this game, they totaled 237 yards rushing on 48 tries, a 4.9 average.

"The thing that was good was that we went out the first drive, Joe and all of us, and we executed," Rice said. "But when we came out, the same level of execution came in. It was good to see that there was no dropoff from anybody."

Bernard Pierce will probably start while Rice is serving his suspension. Pierce ran for 37 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run to end Baltimore's opening drive.

Kubiak's offense is different for the running backs, too, and Pierce appears to have made the adjustment.

"It's definitely a one-cut system," he said. "It's not that complicated to run."

John Harbaugh was predictably low-key about the success of the running game.

"It's just one day and you have to build on top of it," he said.

San Francisco had offensive coordinator Greg Roman back from last year, but he streamlined the playbook during the offseason in an effort to make it easier for Kaepernick to get the call in.

Kaepernick appeared relaxed at the helm during his lone series. He completed his only pass, 17 yards to tight end Vance McDonald.

"Ended up in the red zone with an opportunity to score a touchdown, so that's all that really matters," Kaepernick said. "The biggest thing for us was we were trying to get points on the board, regardless of how we get there."

San Francisco running back Frank Gore did not play. Rookie Carlos Hyde started and gained 39 yards on five carries.

Jonathan Martin started at right tackle for the 49ers in place of injured Anthony Davis (shoulder). Martin, who was in the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving former teammate Richie Incognito, came to San Francisco in an offseason trade.

Kaepernick's backup, Blaine Gabbert, went 3 for 11 for 20 yards and an interception.

Flacco's replacement, Tyrod Taylor, completed 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 59 yards on five carries.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for Baltimore, including a 55-yarder that made it 16-3 late in the third quarter.

Game notes


The 49ers rested, among others, Gore, WRs Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd and LB Patrick Willis. ... Ravens top draft pick C.J. Mosley had a sack.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SF
BAL
1st Downs1327
Passing 1st downs
812
Rushing 1st downs
213
1st downs from penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
2-99-15
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays4677
Total Yards187386
Yards per play4.15.0
Total Drives1010
Passing116149
Comp-Att
13-2717-26
Yards per pass
4.05.1
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-103-19
Rushing71237
Rushing Attempts
1748
Yards per rush
4.24.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-4
Penalties9-726-44
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession20:2339:37

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Johnson6/8637.9001-3
Bethel-Thompson3/7263.7010-0
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Taylor13/211165.5113-19
Flacco4/55210.4000-0

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hyde5397.8019
Hampton7182.609
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro13715.5012
Taylor55911.8027

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington33511.7016
Reed3268.7010
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aiken44611.5017
Juszczyk3289.3017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSFBAL
sfFG11:00Phil Dawson 25 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yds, 4:00
30
balTD6:01Bernard Pierce 2 Yd Run (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:59
37
SECOND QUARTERSFBAL
balFG10:29Justin Tucker 42 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 57 yds, 7:29
310
balFG0:31Justin Tucker 22 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 50 yds, 3:55
313
THIRD QUARTERSFBAL
balFG2:17Justin Tucker 55 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 40 yds, 2:50
316
FOURTH QUARTERSFBAL
balTD5:26Jeremy Butler 7 Yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 16 plays, 95 yds, 9:13
323