According to ProFootballTalk.com, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told his defensive coaches to not allow Ray Lewis to match up with Vernon Davis or Michael Crabtree.
The 49ers had a lot of success sending Davis and Crabtree over the middle, where Lewis simply didn’t have the speed to keep up with them in coverage. As shown on NFL Turning Point on NBC Sports Network, that led to Harbaugh getting on his headset and telling the Ravens’ defensive coaching staff that they needed to call coverages that didn’t require Lewis to go one-on-one with either of them.
“We can’t let Ray be matched up on 85 or 15 all day when we’re playing quarters,” Harbaugh told his coaches.
Davis, who caught six passes for 104 yards, was having a lot of fun rubbing it in Lewis’s face. At one point he walked up to Lewis and yelled, “It’s gonna be a long day for you!”
On the sideline, Davis told a 49ers coach that if they could keep getting him isolated on Lewis over the middle, there was no way Lewis was going to stop him.
“He can’t match up,” Davis said. “I don’t care what route I got.”
Lewis has been a liability for the past few years. It’s a good thing the Ravens had guys like Paul Kruger and Dannell Elerbe to make plays on defense, or else they may not have been able to pull off the win.