Analysis of the Ravens' 25-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers:
Ron Fritz, sports editor: Although the Ravens showed incredible fight, they killed themselves with mistakes. Two interceptions, letting Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin get behind the defense and more dropped passes and potential interceptions earned the Ravens another loss. And they did earn it. Sure, they've lost their five games by a total of 22 points, but there's little solace in that when you miss the playoffs.
Jon Meoli, reporter: Another tight game at the end, yes, but it's how they arrived there that was painfully familiar. An offense that follows up quick, masterful drives by going three-and-out. A defense that gives up the big play, and keeps itself on the field with untimely penalties. Another game losing the turnover battle. There's not even a lot left to say at this point. This team seems to find a new way to break your heart the same way they do every week.
Mike Preston, columnist: Every team in the AFC North has improved, except the Ravens. Cleveland has gotten better, Pittsburgh continues to win without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cincinnati remains undefeated. The Ravens have regressed from the beginning of the season.
Alexander Pyles, Ravens editor: It was a good bet Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith would make a few big plays against the Ravens secondary, and they did, but the real problem against the 49ers on Sunday was that Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense couldn't get anything going until late in the third quarter. Regardless of what anyone else on the unit was doing, Flacco's two interceptions were really ugly -- and really hurt -- in yet another close loss. Another thing: the Ravens' clock management at the end of these losses has been atrocious.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens finally confirmed what we already knew. They aren't a good football team and there are so many reasons why that it's pointless to rationalize the situation any longer. Injuries. Dropped touchdown passes. Wasted timeouts. Stupid penalties. You name it. Still, it is hard to believe that they are 1-5 after spending every game of the Harbaugh era – until this year -- in playoff contention.
Childs Walker, reporter: The story is the same every week now. On defense, the Ravens are helpless in pass coverage and fail to capitalize on big-play opportunities. On offense, Joe Flacco makes inexplicable mistakes and then can't do enough to dig his team out of the holes he helps create. The Ravens still haven't quit on their season, and several stars made impressive returns from injury. But they've lost two in a row to bad teams, and this season just keeps getting grimmer.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Say this for the Ravens: they don't have a shortage of players and coaches who are taking accountability for their struggles. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw two bad interceptions, put the latest head-scratching loss on him. Ravens coach John Harbaugh put it on himself and the coaching staff. That's all well and good. The reality is that the Ravens are a bad football team, and bad football teams find ways to lose games, which is what the Ravens are doing on a weekly basis. Dropped interceptions. Costly turnovers on offense. Poor clock management. Bad execution and fundamentals. The Ravens check all the boxes pretty much every week, which is why they're 1-5.