Other than the brother vs. brother coaching matchup, the thing that distinguished the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the number of sacks allowed.
After reviewing the film, Jim Harbaugh concluded that his team didn't get the breaks against Baltimore. "I felt we were playing hard, playing well, and just didn't get points, didn't get the breaks we needed to win that game."
Safety Dashon Goldson and Cardinals receiver Early Doucet were fined for their roles in a scuffle that broke out in the fourth quarter of their game in Week 11. For a separate offense, Patrick Willis was dinged, too.
The Ravens' players knew their game had added personal significance for coach John Harbaugh, and they responded with an impressive checklist of accomplishments on Thursday night.
The 49ers may feel like they ate too much after losing to the Ravens. But the reality is that they are 9-2, atop the NFC West, and in possession of valuable footage that Jim Harbaugh will use to make the team better.
The ultra-competitive 49ers coach, Jim Harbaugh, was transformed into a gracious loser when his brother's team dominated key areas on both sides of the ball and served the 49ers a slice of humble pie on Thanksgiving.
Alex Smith was sacked a season-high nine times and the 49ers were victims of two costly first-half penalties as Joe Flacco staged fourth-quarter drives to serve younger-brother Jim Harbaugh his first loss since Week 2.
The 49ers do not have to worry about Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on Thursday night.
Jim Harbaugh placed his trust in Alex Smith when previous coaches seemingly had been quick to lose confidence in the quarterback.
The crew on the NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" talked Thursday about the tag of "game manager" as it applies to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
The 49ers' best defender and the Ravens' top producer will take center stage Thursday, and they are bound to see a lot of each other throughout the night. Ray Rice, meet Patrick Willis.
With the Ravens and 49ers playing in the much-ballyhooed meeting of the Brothers Harbaugh, CSNBaltimore.com and CSNBayArea.com's Insiders give their take.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the 49ers drew up a few plays on the fly in their win over the Cardinals. Those improvisational skills might come in handy again on Thanksgiving.
There are a lot of comparisons to be made between Ravens veteran Ray Lewis and the 49ers' Patrick Willis. But one comparison that had not been made prior to this season is in the area of motivational speaking.
Mike Mayock, who will serve as the NFL Network analyst for the 49ers' Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens, says Alex Smith has earned the right to be the 49ers' QB for the foreseeable future.