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Turnovers hurt 49ers in preseason opening loss to the Ravens

Justin Forsett carries a ball
Justin Forsett carries a ball
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The Baltimore Ravens were victorious in the exhibition opener against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 23-3 on Thursday evening. This was the first time both teams saw each other since Super Bowl XLVII.

Rookie Carlos Hyde stood out to start as he had 39 yards on five carries which contributed to the first half. He was a second-round draft pick of the 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

"The first carry was big, I was looking forward to that the whole time," Hyde said. "Once I got the first carry, the jitter bug [went away and] I felt more comfortable and got a few good runs."

The 49ers had an early attack for the first possession on the ground with three carries for 34 rushing yards by Hyde which brought them into field goal range. The 49ers drive stalled with two rushing attempts stuffed and settled for a short field goal to lead 3-0. Hyde finished the game with 39 rushing yards on five attempts, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Baltimore responded with a quick a 10-play, 80 yard drive which resulted in a touchdown by Ray Rice. The Ravens added a field goal to lead by seven points.

The 49ers were outgained 222-73 in the first half as the first-string offense only played on the opening possession. However, most of this game featured the second-team defense starting with the third-team defense playing for majority of the game.

In the second half, Josh Johnson entered the game and appeared to bring the 49ers in scoring position, but a bad snap by Dillon Farrell resulted in a fumble and lost possession.

Baltimore added a second field goal on a 55-yard FG by Justin Tucker to go up 16-3 in the third quarter.

The fourth-quarter had the Ravens go for a 16 play, 95-yard drive where they converted four third-downs in the process. Jeremy Butler finished it with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to put the game away for good.

One player who struggled tonight appeared to be backup QB Blaine Gabbert, who completed three out of 11 pass attempts with one interception. San Francisco gave up a sixth-round draft pick to acquire Gabbert last March.

A positive from this game was Chris Cook, who had an interception and allowed minimal damage for the 49ers in the secondary. He was a former early second-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2010 and ended up having a good game in Baltimore.

"I was reading the quarterback and I thought [the receiver] was going to break on the flat route and [the ball] came in at a good spot," Cook said about the interception. "It's a new start for me. It's a new day and I'm making the most of this opportunity."

The 49ers next preseason game will be at home on August 17 against the Denver Broncos. This will be the first football game to take place inside Levi's Stadium.


Game Notes:

-DL Demarcus Dobbs, DE Lawrence Okoye, and WR Chuck Jacobs left the game with injuries.

-WR Anquan Boldin, WR Michael Crabtree, WR Brandon Lloyd, LB Patrick Willis, DE Ray McDonald, DE Justin Smith, TE Vernon Davis and OLB Aldon Smith did not participate in this preseason game.

-This was the first game of action for Tank Carradine in a 49ers uniform.

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