Often, Thanksgiving is about eating too much.
Such was the case Thursday night in Baltimore when the Ravens’ blitzing defense feasted on San Francisco, sacking Alex Smith nine times – tying a franchise record – in a 16-6 victory in the first duel of sibling head coaches in the NFL.
In the end, John Harbaugh’s Baltimore defense – even without injured star linebacker Ray Lewis – was too much for Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers offense in the so-called “Harbowl.”
The Niners couldn’t protect Smith and the result was San Francisco’s first loss in nine games. After four straight successful East Coast trips this season, with wins over the Bengals, Eagles, Lions and Redskins, the 49ers (now 9-2) met their match in Baltimore (8-3)
When the game came to an end, the two Harbaughs met, exchanged kind words and embraced at midfield.
But during the game, there was no brotherly love shown by the Ravens.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs had three sacks, defensive end Cory Redding had 2½ and defensive tackle Haloti Ng...