Harbaugh Bowl goes to Ravens, 16-6

Round one of the Harbaugh Bowl goes to John.

The Ravens' head coach would hate that lead, but I had to go there.

On the backs of a dominating defense and an efficient second-half offense, the Ravens earned a big 16-6 win over the 49ers, and John Harbaugh scored a victory over his younger brother Jim in the first NFL game that featured two brothers as head coaches.

Joe Flacco went 15-of-23 for 161 yards and a touchdown and second-year tight end Dennis Pitta recorded his first career touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, a score that ended up being the game-winner.

While the offense looked silky smooth at times tonight, the story of this ballgame (outside the Harbaugh storyline) was certainly the Baltimore defense.

The Ravens recorded nine sacks on the night, tying a single-game franchise high.

Terrell Suggs had three sacks, Cory Redding had two and a half, and Haloti Ngata added two of his own, as the Ravens harassed San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith all night.

The 49ers had allowed only 21 sacks on the entire season coming into tonight, but their offensive line simply got outworked tonight. Smith was forced into just his fifth interception of the season (grabbed by cornerback Lardarius Webb), and struggled to find any receivers open downfield.

Frank Gore, San Francisco's physical running back, was held to just 39 rushing yards on 14 yards, while the Ravens were able to grind out 92 rushing yards on 35 carries against the NFL's top rushing defense.

The elder Harbaugh's Ravens now improve to 8-3 on the season and are a perfect 6-0 at home.

Back with more in a bit.

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