Originally posted on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 2/2/13
The knowledgeable fan is the happy fan.  Here are a few things to keep in mind on Sunday as you [Beyoncé joke here]. The numbers are from the playoffs only.  It makes for a small sample size (three games for the Ravens, and two for the 49ers), but it captures how the teams have performed most recently and in the playoff environment.   Strength vs. Strength The clear strength-strength matchup in this game is the 49ers offense against the Ravens defense: 49ers yds. per play: 7.6 Ravens yds. allowed per play: 4.9 49ers yds. per pass attempt: 9.5 Ravens yds. allowed per pass attempt: 5.9 49ers yds. per rush: 6.6 Ravens yds. allowed per rush: 3.9 49ers pts. per game: 36.5 Ravens pts. allowed per game: 19.0 49ers third-down pct.: 53% (on 19 tries) Baltimore opponents’ third-down pct.: 45% (on 51 tries)   Weakness vs. Weakness The Ravens have done a poor job protecting Joe Flacco, but the 49ers have had an equally hard time getting to their opponents’ quarterbacks: Baltimore QB hits allowed and sacks allowed per game: 4.5 / 2.0 49ers sacks per game: 1.0 And both teams have committed a boatload of penalties this offseason: 49ers penalty yds. per game: 83.0 (on 9.5 penalties) Ravens penalty yds. per game: 116.7 (on 11.4 penalties)   Strength vs. Weakness The Ravens, if the three-week-long playoff trend holds, should far outstrip the 49ers in turnovers: Turnover opportunities (fumbles + interceptions): Given up: Ravens: 4 (4 + 0) 49ers: 3 (2 + 1) Forced: Ravens: 9 (4 + 5) 49ers: 4 (2 + 2) Plus-minus: Ravens: +5 49ers: +1   Enjoy the game, the commercials, and Beyoncé, everyone. — Greg Blume writes here and rambles there.
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