5 reasons for the Ravens' win over the 49ers.

1. Between a defensive resurgence and a balanced offensive effort that incorporated both passing and running, the Baltimore Ravens throttled the San Francisco 49ers for a 44-6 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The 88-point total over the last two games breaks the Ravens' previous record for a two-game total of 68 set during the Super Bowl season in consecutive wins over Cleveland and San Diego.

2. Baltimore improved to 5-1 at home and gave San Francisco an 0-6 road mark as cornerbacks Gary Baxter and Chris McAlister limited Owens to three receptions for 23 yards. They used physical press coverage to jam Owens at the line of scrimmage and McAlister did a good job of disguising how he held Owens' jersey downfield. Owens became totally frustrated and lobbied the officials for a pass interference penalty that never came. The 49ers' wide receivers caught a total of just five passes for 63 yards, shut down by secondary coach Donnie Henderson's unit one week after the Ravens' fourth-ranked defense allowed Matt Hasselbeck to throw five touchdown passes. 

3. Quarterback Anthony Wright took a pain-killing injection in his shoulder before kickoff. He wasn't nearly as sharp as last week's career-best performance, but still looked credible and solid overall. Wright completed 14 of his 25 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for an 88.2 quarterback rating. He was able to go back to his "Gamecock connection" with former University of South Carolina teammate Marcus Robinson twice for 71 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. Wright was with his wife, Nicole, Monday and Tuesday after the birth of their daughter, Trinity. He didn't realize until Wednesday that his shoulder was sore when he threw his first pass of the week. 

4. NFL rushing leader Jamal Lewis didn't have to impact the game in the way Baltimore anticipated he would. Lewis contributed by setting the tone in the first quarter with a physically-dominating 21-yard run. One play later, he darted behind a seal block from offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown for the game-opening points. 

5. Return specialist Lamont Brightful burst away from his blocking wedge up the right sidelines for a career-high 75-yard kickoff return. His second-quarter sprint set up kicker Matt Stover, who booted three kicks Sunday for his 16th, 17th and 18th consecutive field goals. Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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