Koch, no wallflower himself with a career-high and franchise-record 47.1-yard gross average and a career-best 40.8-yard net average, has admired Lee's accomplishments from a distance.
"He's done great in the past nine years," Koch said. "He's had a great year. He's a great punter, and he's a great guy, to boot. We played him last year during the Thanksgiving game. It was a fun game just because we both got to battle it out and I think we both had quite a few punts in that game."
In that 16-6 victory for the Ravens, Lee outkicked Koch, posting a gross average of 57.6 and a net average of 48.0 on five punts compared to Koch's respective numbers of 42.5 and 37.5 on four kicks. But Koch landed two punts inside San Francisco's 20, while Lee did the same to the Ravens just once.
With both defenses stingy about surrendering yards and first downs to opposing offenses, Koch and Lee may get their fair share of opportunities in the