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49ers hoping for 'Super' rematch with Ravens

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12/2/2019 11:11:03 AM
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Less than an hour after a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers made it clear they were hoping to do it all over again -- sooner rather than later, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

The Ravens and 49ers slugged it out in the rain at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, with the heavyweight fight going a full 12 rounds before Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker was able to land the final blow and give the Ravens a 20-17 decision.

In the Niners' locker room, there was plenty of frustration over the missed opportunities to knock off the red-hot Ravens, but there was just as much optimism that a rematch could be in the offing.

"I was really proud of the team," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I thought they played extremely hard, all three phases. (We) definitely played against a real good team, but I was really happy with our guys and how they played. We had every chance to win that game. We came up a little bit short there at the end. Give credit to them. Hopefully, we can earn an opportunity to maybe get a chance to play them some other time again."

Of course, there's only one way for these teams to see each other again in a meaningful game this season -- in the Super Bowl.

"Every week is big, but being out on the field, it was a dogfight, and it definitely felt like we were in a playoff game," Niners defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. "And, God willing, we make it to the end, and hopefully we go against them again."

For most of the season, outside observers have questioned the Niners' ability to hang with some of the league's top teams. But even in a loss, the 49ers believe they showed they can slug it out with anyone in the league.

"You feel the urgency, you feel the intensity, the energy of the game, and it feels like a fight," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. "You have that same mentality that every play, you are ready to just slug it out.

"Our record speaks for it. We're 10-2, and the way we play the top competition in the league speaks to it. The way we played Green Bay, Seattle, Baltimore... we stack up."

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