Anthony Pleasant

Game 11: 49ers slap away ball, pesky Ravens

The Ravens had teased the San Francisco 49ers for nearly three quarters when some of the 49ers decided they had had enough. Crunch time had arrived.

"We're supposed to be one of the best teams in the league, and we're having trouble putting away a noncontending team at home," said 49ers free safety Merton Hanks. "We thought it was time for the defense to step up to end this thing. End of conversation. End of game."

Right end Chris Doleman slapped the ball away from Ravens quarterback Eric Zeier and recovered the fumble in the end zone on one of the game's biggest plays with 12: 08 remaining, as the 49ers defeated the Ravens, 38-20, yesterday before 51,596...