The Baltimore Ravens defense tied a franchise record sacking San Francisco Quarterback Alex Smith nine times to give John Harbugh a victory over his younger brother Jim, 16-6 Thanksgiving Night.
Terrell Suggs led the charge for a defensive group that swarmed all evening long and kept the Niners in check. Suggs notched three sacks and was a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage. Ray Lewis was inactive for the second consecutive game with a toe injury but it seemed as if each player picked up their games in front of the home crowd.
The game was a defensive struggle in the First Half as the Ravens held on to a 6-3 lead heading into the break on the strength of two Billy Cundiff Field Goals.
Each team would only have one possession a piece in the Third Quarter and it was the Ravens who made the most out of theirs. Niners Kicker David Akers tied the game midway into the Third with a 52-yd try to knot the game at six. But Joe Flacco was able to go for six of his own to eventually put the game out of reach. Flacco led a 16 play, 76-yd drive that culminated in a 8-yd touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta at the start of the Fourth to push the Baltimore advantage to 13-6.
From there on the Ravens defense continued to find ways to get to Smith and were able to tack on one last Cundiff Field Goal to close out the victory.
The win puts the Ravens at 8-3 and a half game in front of Pittsburgh while the loss for San Francisco snaps an 8 game win streak and drops them to 9-2. Next Sunday the Ravens will travel to play a divisional foe – The Cleveland Browns.