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Ravens' nine sacks key win over 49ers

49ers running back Frank Gore is tackled in the first half. Gore rushed 14 times for 39 yards against a Ravens defense that also tied a team record for sacks in the game, getting to quarterback Alex Smith nine times.

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49ers running back Frank Gore is tackled in the first half. Gore rushed 14 times for 39 yards against a Ravens defense that also tied a team record for sacks in the game, getting to quarterback Alex Smith nine times.

Ravens 3 3 0 10 16
49ers 3 0 3 0 6
Ravens 3 3 0 10 16
49ers 3 0 3 0 6

BALTIMORE — The Ravens sacked Alex Smith nine times and beat the 49ers 16-6 Thursday night, giving coach John Harbaugh an emotional charge in the first NFL game featuring brothers as opposing head coaches.

The Ravens chased, hindered and battered Smith for much of the night despite playing without middle linebacker Ray Lewis, their leading tackler and spiritual leader. Lewis was inactive for a second straight game with a foot injury. The nine sacks tied a franchise record, accomplished twice previously.

San Francisco had its eight-game winning streak broken under rookie coach Jim Harbaugh, 47, John's younger brother by two years.

"Iron sharpens iron," Jim said after the game. "Let's say my brother John is the sharpest iron I've ever encountered."

Baltimore broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter with a 76-yard, 16-play drive that last more than 71/2 minutes and ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to tight end Dennis Pitta with 14:56 left.

Nothing rattles Pack

Packers 0 7 17 3 27
Lions 0 0 0 15 15

DETROIT — There was nothing ambiguous about the Packers' defeat of the Lions. The defending Super Bowl champions extended their winning streak to 17 games because their star, Aaron Rodgers, kept his cool and the Lions' best player, Ndamukong Suh, did not.

Suh took himself out of the game in the third quarter when he kicked a Green Bay lineman after a play and was ejected. In the absence of Suh's intimidating presence, the Packers outscored the Lions 20-8.

Rodgers completed 22 of 32 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns as Green Bay improved to 11-0, the best start in franchise history. His counterpart, Matthew Stafford, threw three interceptions, all of which led to Packers' scores, as the Lions fell to 7-4 after a 5-0 start.

Suh was tossed for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith's right arm. He insisted he didn't intentionally do it, that he was trying to separate himself from the situation.

"I apologize to my teammates and my fans and my coaches for putting myself in a position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game," said Suh, who was assessed his third personal foul of season and seventh since entering NFL last year, which is tied with teammate Cliff Avril for the most in league since 2010, ESPN Stats & Info said.

Dietrich-Smith wouldn't say it was a dirty play. "Stuff happens."

Green Bay defensive end Ryan Pickett was more outspoken: "There's no place for that."

Romo rallies Cowboys

Cowboys 0 10 0 10 20
Dolphins 3 3 10 3 19

ARLINGTON, Texas — Win big, win small; win pretty, win ugly. Tony Romo learned a long time ago victories are the only thing that matter.

So on a day he was sloppier than he had been in months and when his defense was giving up plenty of long drives but only one touchdown, the quarterback had one chance to make it pay off.

He and DeMarco Murray led an efficient final drive, setting up rookie Dan Bailey for a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys a victory over the Dolphin.

Dallas won its fourth straight and fourth this season decided by a kick by Bailey in the final two minutes or in overtime.

"We're just finding ways to win," said Romo, who offset a pair of interceptions with a pair of touchdown passes.

Around the league

bears: Quarterback Josh McCown, who hasn't take a snap since 2009, worked out with the team for the first time, hours after agreeing to a one-year contract as a backup because of Sunday's season-ending injury to starter Jay Cutler.

chiefs: Quarterback Tyler Palko will start against the Steelers on Sunday, coach Todd Haley said. Kyle Orton, picked off waivers from the Broncos on Wednesday, was expected to participate in his first practice today.

eagles: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha injured his left knee during a noncontact practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Cornerback Joselio Hanson said players were told he would be all right and practice today. The team said he would have an MRI exam. … Michael Vick sat out practice again because of his broken ribs. … Receiver DeSean Jackson (foot) practiced on a limited basis.

49ers: Safety Dashon Goldson was fined $25,000 by the league for his ejection from the team's win over the Cardinals on Sunday for throwing punches at Cardinals receiver Early Doucet, ESPN reported.

steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (fractured right thumb) and safety Troy Polamalu (ribs) again practiced and will play Sunday against the Chiefs. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) was limited and was expected to miss his third consecutive game.

Titans: Defensive end William Hayes said the league fined him $15,000 for a hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday and he will appeal. Hayes said he was fined for putting too much weight on Ryan as he hit him. He said he wants somebody in the league office to explain the rule to him because he doesn't understand how to tackle a quarterback and not put weight into the hit. Hayes was penalized for roughing the passer.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson (sprained left ankle) did not practice for a second consecutive day.

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