San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan knows you can’t leave points on the field against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Facing an early fourth down, Shanahan decided a field goal wouldn’t be enough to defeat Baltimore. He knew his team needed a touchdown.
That decision paid off in a big way. The 49ers scored their first touchdown of the game on a fourth-and-2 call from the 33-yard line. Jimmy Garoppolo found Deebo Samuel on a 33-yard strike to put the 49ers up early.
It wasn’t Garoppolo’s best throw, but Samuel outmuscled cornerback Marcus Peters to snatch the ball out of the air for the score.