Four times the 49ers have traveled east this season, and four times they’ve come back with victories.
Road wins at Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Detroit and Washington have been part of San Francisco’s eight-game winning streak as Jim Harbaugh’s team has built an NFC West-leading 9-1 record.
But as the Niners prepare for Thursday night’s nationally televised “Harbowl” game vs. coach John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco’s road warrior streak faces its most severe test of the season.
Like the 49ers, the Ravens are built around a rugged defense and a pounding ground game. Though Baltimore may be without star linebacker Ray Lewis (injured foot), the Ravens’ defense ranks fourth overall in the NFL and No. 5 against the run, allowing just 93.2 yards per game.
Plus, the 49ers’ streak of 32 consecutive games without allowing an opposing back to rush for 100 yards or more will be tested by Ray Rice, the Ravens’ 5-foot-8, 212-pound bowling ball of a back who rushed for 104 yards agains...