No more debate: Ravens are NFL's best team after beating 49ers

The 49ers love Richie James’ impersonation of Lamar Jackson and could find several other ways to use him

The 49ers love Richie James’ impersonation of Lamar Jackson and could find several other ways to use him

The best game of the weekend, at least on paper, was the San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens.

Up next, the Ravens travel to the 9-3 Buffalo Bills, while the 49ers visit the 10-2 Saints.

For the most part, Jackson won this one with his legs.

It was a much closer game this time for the Ravens, but they proved this time that they can win in the clutch. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan took a timeout and called a different play, a pass that was intended for George Kittle but fell incomplete. The teams also traded fourth-down stops as the minutes wound down, before Jackson led the game-winning drive and set up Tucker's 14th career game-winning FG.

Baltimore retook the lead on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker with 1:58 remaining in the first half. What followed was a 12-play, 34-yard possession that killed every last second of the clock. He ran for 101 yards, marking his fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career (second in National Football League history to Michael Vick's 10).

© Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark (36) celebrates with cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) after forcing a fumble in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium.

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The Lakers came up empty on a couple of possessions as the quarter winded down but still went into the second up five points. The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of all the Lakers mistakes and beat them, 114-100, at Staples Center.

They slowly learned, however, that there are some things few others besides Jackson can do.

Just two plays later, the Ravens capitalised as Jackson floated a high pass to tight end Mark Andrews and he came down with it from 20 yards out. On Baltimore's next drive, Jackson kept the ball on a fake and ran it into the end zone. Overall, San Francisco managed 174 yards on the ground for an average of 6.0 yards per carry.

Garoppolo gritted through the game amid poor conditions, going 15-of-21 for 165 yards, one touchdown against zero interceptions for a passer rating of 1110.2.

The Ravens are now 10-2 and firmly in the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff race and with a chance of taking the No. 1 seed if the Patriots falter against the Houston Texans.

Both teams leaned on their strong defenses: the 49ers held the Ravens to just 3-of-10 on third-down conversions and 283 yards of offense, their second-lowest total of the season. But stats were little consolation in the visiting locker room after San Francisco's second loss of the season.

"My knee kind of gave out on me", Sherman said.

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