Select images from the 49ers Week 6 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
In a battle of 1-4 teams, the San Francisco 49ers came out victorious on Sunday.
The 49ers (2-4) are now two games out of first place in the NFC West. The Baltimore Ravens, on the other hand, fell to 1-5 for the first time in franchise history.
Take a look at what the Ravens said about their performance against the 49ers.
HC John Harbaugh
"OK, obviously not good enough. Didn't play well enough. Way too many mistakes."
What do you think held the offense back in the first half?
"I'll look at the tape to figure that out. There's no one single answer I could give you that would be accurate, that could give you any kind of indication of reality. I'll look at the tape to see what it looks like."
I know you haven't looked at the tape, but the pass defense, was there anything that kind of stood out? The struggles, the moves out there for you guys?
"Oh, the double moves. I mean, you put your eyes where they're supposed to be in man coverage. It's as simple as that, you know? You've got to do that or you can't play. It's simple, you can't be, you got to play with discipline in the back end. A couple plays, they made some good plays with tight coverage, but no you can't do that from behind, that's below the line."
Is it more frustrating when you lose that many games when it comes down to the last play or two in almost every game?
"I don't know. I don't have the frustration gauge out. You know, you ask a question like that. It's just frustrating. It's not frustrating. I don't get frustrated I've said that before. You know, I don't get, I don't get, I get down a little bit. I get disappointed. You know, but we got to get better. I mean, I can get determined is what I get, you know? And I believe we have a bunch of guys that feel the same way. We got to get it done. It starts with me. The guys are doing the right thing. I don't care if you've been here for four days, you put your eyes on your coverage in the right spot. It's that simple, you know? We got to execute, you know? We got to execute. Offense, defense, and special teams, we find the stuff that we do well and we got to go out there and make sure they do it. That's on coaches. That's how I see it.
I'm not making excuses for injuries, or for the players we might have or don't have, you know? You always have good enough players. That's how I look at it. The guys who can get the job done, you find a way to put them in position to get the job done, not just throw plays out there. You throw plays out there that are gonna work, that got a shot to work. And practice 'em and practice 'em and get really precise at executing. That's what I keep chasing.
Now, it's not like we're out here and we can't compete. We're right there, and we got heart like you can't believe, obviously. We got a bunch more games to play and there's a lot of wins in front of us for the season, and we'll find a way to get 'em. And what anybody else says, or what anybody else thinks, or what anybody else writes, or what anybody, whatever any scoffer or mocker wants to say, they're not in our shoes or anybody else's shoes in this league playing. You can make fun of anybody you want however you want. We'll keep fighting. I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about just anybody out there, you know? We understand that. That's the arena that we're in. You know, that's just the way it is. That's what you sign up for. And we'll go to work, you know and we'll find a way to get better. That's what we gotta do."
QB Joe Flacco
What were your general thoughts on losing another tough one? What went wrong offensively in your eyes?
"We had a lot of room out there to make plays and I felt we should have had 600 yards. We should have put up a lot of points because we had so much room. We had two stupid mistakes by myself and the one gave them three points and took points off the board for us. It all starts with me not making those mistakes. We can't afford to do that right now. We have to go out there and play fundamental football, take care of the football, and when the plays present themselves, we've got to make them. We weren't able to do that. I didn't play smart and we didn't make the plays here and there to get us going."
Where were you throwing that ball? The only guy there was the defender.
"I should have kept going with the keeper. I was looking to hit the shot over the top. 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."
On the first interception over the middle, could you not see?
"I saw them. I thought we could sneak the ball in for the first down but obviously I couldn't."
Was there anything holding you back in this game after the first half?
"We just needed to score touchdowns. That's the difference in these games and we needed to make the most of every play. We didn't do that."
LB C.J. Mosley
The 49ers were struggling coming into this game. Today they got some big plays. What happened defensively?
"They made the plays they had to. Not much else to say about it. We've been going through this road most of the season and just have to find a way to win."
Is it frustrating to answer the same type of questions every game? The close loses and mistakes are mounting with this team.
"Yeah, pretty much. We fix one thing and then another thing happens. We know how to win and we know what to do. We practice our butts off in all of these situations in practice. So far things just haven't been going our way so we just have to find a way to man up and turn the season around before it's too late."
Are you at a loss for why these losses keep happening if you're practicing hard and you feel you're ready for these games?
"Maybe we're just setting up a Cinderella story, I don't really know. We know what kind of men we have. We all have each other's back. We never point fingers and never have any doubt in our heart, starting from the owner to the last person on the team. We have to get to work Tuesday, correct our mistakes and keep moving forward."
CB Shareece Wright How much of a change was it to finally play a game here and not be for the 49ers but for the Baltimore Ravens?
"It's part of the business. I'm just happy to be playing football."
Obviously, this wasn't the way you wanted this thing to go. What was the difference today in some of the big plays that San Francisco had?
"This was my first game. I gave up a big play and that's on me. I'll take ownership of that. I can't allow that to happen."
Did you expect WR Anquan Boldin and WR Torrey Smith to have big days today?
"I just don't get too caught up in that, just play the game of football, play within the defense and not get caught up too much in them. It's more about us. It's always about us."
LB Daryl Smith Does all the cross country traveling play apart in what you guys are doing?
"No, we just have to go out there and execute and stop hurting ourselves in certain situations. It doesn't matter what time we play, where we play, we just have to be ready."
Not only that it looked like you had a stop before the two-minute warning when you forced them out of bounds and they called what looked to be a very suspect holding penalty against you guys but you bounced back and stop them after that.
"That is just one of those things that we have to find a way to eliminate those penalties in crucial situations and see where we go from there."
How do you keep your confidence level up when things like this happen, at 1-5 and nobody expected that and you had a chance to win all of those games?
"This is our job. We will turn over every rock and do whatever we can to find a way to breakthrough and start winning in these situations, so that we can start winning these games and we will do that."