The consensus pick to win the NFC West, things could not have gone worse for the St. Louis Rams, who are 2-9 and only now engaging the difficult part of their schedule.
49ers receivers Braylon Edwards and Michael Crabtree are dinged up and focusing on getting healthy. It's forcing the franchise into a roster move.
Through 11 games, Gore has caught just 16 passes for 101 yards and no touchdowns. In his previous five seasons as the starter, Gore averaged 51 receptions for 430 yards. What's the difference this year?
On the 49ers' first offensive play against the Ravens, tight end Delanie Walker was all alone behind the Ravens defense, but he didn't get the ball. Alex Smith: "That was a big missed opportunity."
After Alex Smith was sacked nine times against Baltimore, it got our Insider thinking about how rookie Colin Kaepernick was developing in practice. So, he asked the head coach.
Right guard Adam Snyder is questionable after playing just 18 snaps against the Ravens due to a left hamstring strain. What did Jim Harbaugh have to say about Snyder's availability?
San Francisco's big receiver said it might be necessary to rest for a regular-season game or two to ensure he's healthy when it counts. The 49ers can wrap up the NFC West title Sunday.
The 49ers employed a very similar defensive strategy against the Ravens that they had the week prior against the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Maiocco breaks down every player's performance.
The 49ers scored just six points on offense and gained a season-low 170 yards of total offense. Even more alarming, Alex Smith was sacked nine times. Matt Maiocco rewatched the film several times and breaks it down.
The remainder of the schedule favors the 49ers 9-2 for No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs over the Saints 7-3 and Cowboys 7-4.
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.