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49ers fall to Ravens 23-3 in preseason opener (w/video)

  • San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald, center, is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown, left, and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — If the Baltimore Ravens’ performance in their preseason opener served as a sneak preview for the regular season, then Gary Kubiak’s new offensive scheme could be a smash hit.

Joe Flacco produced an 80-yard touchdown drive in his only series, and the Ravens amassed 386 yards in offense en route to a 23-3 win Thursday over the San Francisco 49ers.

It was the third time in three tries that Ravens coach John Harbaugh got the best of his brother, Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. Baltimore previously beat the 49ers on Thanksgiving 2011 and in the Super Bowl ending the 2012 season.

“We’ve got some work to do,” Jim Harbaugh said.

Especially on defense.

“That’s probably the biggest concern coming out right now,” Jim Harbaugh noted. “We got pushed around a little bit.”

Each team played its starting unit for one series before the backups took over.

After Colin Kaepernick moved the 49ers 66 yards for a field goal, Flacco made himself right at home in Kubiak’s variation of the West Coast offense, going 4 for 5 for 52 yards during a 10-play scoring drive.

“Ten plays in a new offense, that doesn’t happen very often,” wide receiver Steve Smith said. “We were high tempo, high paced, so that went well.”

Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans, replaced offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, now Detroit’s head coach.


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