Santa Clara, CA – It was no secret the Forty-niners needed this victory today. Both teams came into the matchup with a one win and four loses. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdowns while Phil Dawson kicked four field goals. San Francisco recorded their second win with a 25-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
“Enjoy this for the next hour and then prepare for Seattle,” said safety Antoine Bethea. “It’s a divisional game, regardless of their record they’re a solid team, a good team, so we’re just trying to get two in a row.”
The 49ers have their hands, this week when they host the Seahawks this Thursday night. Not a lot of time to dwell on this win however, it’s enough momentum heading into the week against a tough defense. The team wants to stay on a winning streak but in order to do that, they need the same energy they came in with for today’s game.
“We’re gradually picking up momentum. We’re playing better and better,” Kaepernick said. “We’re a 2-4 football team than needs to get some more wins.”
San Francisco did not score any touchdowns in the first quarter. But Phil Dawson made up for that when he kicked two field goals (53 and 31-yards) to give the 49ers a 6-0 lead.
Justin Tucker kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second to cut the lead in half. Kaepernick responded with a 76-yard pass to a wide open Torrey Smith for the touchdown making it a 13-3 game.
Two plays later Joe Flacco threw a pass intended for Kamar Aiken but was intercepted by Michael Wilhoite. The 49er got the ball back on the Ravens 29 yard line. Unable to get into the end zone for a touchdown San Francisco settled for a 26-yard field goal by Dawson giving the 49ers a 16-3 lead. Late in the quarter, Tucker kicked a 36-yard field goal making it a 16-6 game before the half ended.
“I was looking to hit the shot over the top,” said Flacco. “I was hoping to buy time on the play and it got to the point where I didn’t see anyone open so I was just trying to throw it away. I didn’t see anyone down the field, but it ended up being a really dumb play.”
Flacco threw to an open 49ers defender for his second interception today. Kenneth Acker was the only player in the vicinity that caught Flacco’s pass for 45-yards. Anquan Boldin broke through tackles for the first down that setup Dawson’s third field goal for 42-yards. Flacco recovered going deep to left field finding Steve Smith in the end zone for the 34-yard touchdown making it a 19-13 game.
“We feel like, as a team, if we come out and play the way we’re capable of playing, we’ll be ok,” Boldin said. “Today, we were able to finish. Last week, we weren’t. So, obviously, we’re happy about that today. We’ll see where this takes us.”
Thanks to an ongoing battle with Levi’s Stadium turf, Tucker’s 45-yard field goal was no good after he slipped trying to kick the ball in the fourth. Kaepernick found Boldin for a 51-yard pass.
On the next play he connected with Quentin Patton for a 21-yard touchdown. Patton recorded his first career touchdown and secured San Francisco’s win despite Baltimore’s late rally with Flacco’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Kamar Aiken late in the fourth.
“I just run these routes, man. The ball comes my way when the ball comes my way,” Patton said.” “It feels good for it to come all together. It just feels good to get another win.”
The 49ers had three players record at least 85 yards in the same game. Boldin had 5 receptions for 102 yards, Torrey Smith had 3 receptions for 96 yards and Bruce Miller had 3 receptions for 89 yards for the first time since 11/28/82 when Dwight Clark, Renaldo Nehemiah and Jeff Moore had similar stats. A collective effort from all while Kaepernick recorded his 5th career 300-yard passing game.
“We’re measured by wins and losses,” said head coach Jim Tomsula. “So, getting one in the left hand column is very important. These guys come to work every day. They work and I see them getting better. We have to get better on gameday, so we did that today It’s a good team. It’s a good group of guys that are willing to earn it.”