Chuck Clark reacts after strip-sacking 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

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Ravens defense goes beyond household names

Chuck Clark, Chris Wormley stepped up on Sunday

Big Bad Morning Show
December 02, 2019 - 8:46 pm

By Austin Medina  

The Ravens have received production from dozens of players during their eight-game win streak.

While household names such as Earl Thomas and Marlon Humphrey (among others) have shined, two  particular Ravens played crucial roles in Sunday’s 20-17 victory in Baltimore.

Early in the first quarter, the 49ers were looking to extend their 7-0 lead. On 3rd and 6, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stepped back in the pocket as the Ravens brought pressure. Ravens safety Chuck Clark sacked Garoppolo, causing a fumble that Brandon Williams recovered.

Clark’s sack proved to be huge for Baltimore, as Lamar Jackson connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews two player later.

Clark’s impact has proven wonders for the Ravens. With safeties Tony Jefferson and Deshon Elliott out with injuries, Clark has stepped up and played significant snaps alongside veteran Earl Thomas.

Clark has appeared in 12 games (eight starts) and has been a force for Baltimore. On the season, Clark has 49 combined tackles, three pass deflections, and the strip-sack last Sunday.

Before Justin Tucker’s game winning 49-yard field goal, another Ravens defender made arguably the play of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the 49ers found themselves in a fourth and one situation on the Ravens 35-yard line. Too deep for a field goal attempt, the Niners chose to go for it on fourth and one.

Garoppolo looked to pass the ball to tight end George Kittle but defensive tackle Chris Wormley deflected the pass and forced a turnover on downs.

Wormley’s deflection wrapped up an already impressive day, as he was involved in a sack earlier in the game. Against a rush-heavy offense in San Francisco, Wormley played in 63% of all defensive snaps. The pass deflection allowed for the Ravens to get the ball back and have the end of the game's fate in their own hands.

Wormley and Clark were two unlikely heroes that have symbolized the Ravens season. For Baltimore, the “next man up” attitude is a real thing. And every player that plays in the Purple and Black abide by one message: Play like a Raven!