NFC West Power Rankings: Week Six

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3 – San Francisco 49ers, 2-4 (Last Week: 4)

Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Levi

In a Super Bowl rematch of teams that were shells of those that appeared in Super Bowl XLVII, the San Francisco 49ers got a small taste of revenge by beating the Baltimore Ravens 25-20 on Sunday. Both teams entered with one win in five games, and the 49ers’ win dropped the Ravens to 1-5 for the first time in franchise history.

For the second week in a row, Colin Kaepernick looked very good, completing 16 of 27 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Maybe most importantly, Kaepernick didn’t turn the ball over.

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The big play was the 49ers’ calling card against a beat up Ravens’ secondary, which included former 49ers’ cornerback Shareece Wright, who was signed six days beforehand. Former Ravens’ wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught a 51-yard deep pass. Fullback Bruce Miller beat the defense with a 52-yard catch and run. Torrey Smith, another former Raven, caught a 76-yard touchdown pass for his longest career catch.

The two former Ravens’ wideouts, Smith and Boldin, combined to burn their former team with 198 receiving yards. Wright, the former 49er, was burned by his former team, giving a small glimpse as to why the 49ers made him inactive in the first four weeks. Wright was flat out beat on Smith’s 76 yard touchdown grab, and slipped as Quinton Patton caught a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, his first career touchdown.

Defensive issues definitely still exist, as Joe Flacco threw for 343 yards, and had a chance to send the 49ers to another heartbreaking, last minute loss. The defensive line got no pressure, as Flacco wasn’t sacked, and was only hit once. He did throw two picks, one to Michael Wilhoite and one to Kenneth Acker on an ill-advised, back foot throw deep down the field.

When a team is struggling like the 49ers were, any win is a big win, even against a one-win team like the Ravens. Heading into the Thursday night rivalry matchup against the Seahawks, San Francisco needs all the momentum they can get.

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