Ravens suffocate 49ers in battle of Harbaughs

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (L) tries to get off a pass as he gets hit by San Francisco...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (L) tries to get off a pass as he gets hit by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Baltimore, Maryland November 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Joe Giza)

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BALTIMORE, MD - Dennis Pitta's first career touchdown proved to be the difference and the Baltimore Ravens tied a franchise record with nine sacks en route to a 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

The game saw the first-ever meeting in the NFL of head-coach brothers, with John Harbaugh guiding Baltimore and San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh patrolling the opposing sideline.

The older brother got the better of his younger sibling thanks mainly to a suffocating defense led by Terrell Suggs' three sacks.

Joe Flacco completed 15-of-23 passes for 161 yards and the game-deciding touchdown for Baltimore (8-3), which won its second straight game to take a 1/2 game lead for first place in the AFC North over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh heads to Kansas City to play the Chiefs Sunday night.

San Francisco (9-2) could have clinched the NFC West title with a win, but will have to wait at least one more week to seal its first trip to the postseason since 2002.

Alex Smith threw for 140 yards with an interception on 15-of-24 passing in the 49ers' first defeat since a 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas on September 18.

 


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