November 13, 2011
When teams have moved the ball against the 49ers, it has been through the air. San Francisco is allowing 249.2 passing yards per game, which is 23rd in the NFL. But throwing carries considerable risk as well because the 49ers have picked off 15 passes, tied for the second most in the league. Former Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers (pictured) is tied for first in the NFL with five interceptions. San Francisco has also gotten after the quarterback, registering 25 sacks, including 7.5 by impressive rookie linebacker Aldon Smith and six by veteran linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The Ravens' pass blocking has been much improved the past two weeks, allowing just two sacks during that span. That has given quarterback Joe Flacco time to find rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith. The former of Maryland standout leads the NFL with 20.3 yards per catch, and four of Smith's five touchdowns have covered at least 25 yards. Smith, Rice and Anquan Boldin all have at least 500 yards receiving, making the Ravens the only team to boast such a trio heading into this week's games. The Ravens are 12th in the league in passing with Flacco averaging 244.3 yards. Flacco has four touchdowns and two interceptions over the past three games.