Ravens-49ers: It Was Over When...

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 24: Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens watches his third field goal against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the 49ers 16-6. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Some people will say about the Baltimore Ravens 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night, "It was over when...Alex Smith's fourth down pass clanked off the hands of his receiver and the only thing left to do was take a few kneel-downs to run out the rest of the game-clock." Others will say, "It was over when...the Ravens got their ninth sack on QB Alex Smith." Still others will point to the 16-play drive that culminated in the only TD of the game and gave the Ravens the 13-6 lead that they would never relinquish.

However, I say , "It was over when Billy Cundiff 39-yard FG that gave Baltimore a ten-point lead late in the fourth quarter." The long TD drive was amazing, but despite that efficient and back-breaking offensive series, the 49ers still were only down by one score and while their apparent long TD pass earlier in the game was called back due to a chop-block penalty, we saw that they could still tie the game on one big play.

Once that Cundiff FG went through the uprights with just over four minutes remaining, there was no way to believe that San Francisco would score twice to tie or win the game the way the Ravens defense had been shutting down the 49ers offense all night. To me, that's the point that you could definitely say, "It was over when..."

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