NEW ORLEANS (AP) Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw some sort of 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, previous to San Francisco's David Akers kicked some sort of 36-yard domain goal, and also the Ravens went on some sort of 7-3 cause on the 49ers around the first quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The 49ers began the action with an outlawed development penalty to the very first play, and then was required to punt.
A great give back by means of Jacoby Jones arranged way up the Ravens in the vicinity of midfield, and they simply drove 51 yards around five plays. Another 49ers penalty on next straight down at your 18 emerged right before Flacco's nice scoring go away on the middle that will Boldin. Flacco ended up being three regarding some to get 41 back yards upon their team's cracking open possession.
San Francisco sent a reply which has a 12-play, 62-yard drive in which ended together with 3:58 still left throughout the 1st one fourth about the cease by simply Akers, which tapped a great NFL document which includes a 63-yarder this time of year however likewise had your league-high tough luck misses. The major obtain ended up being a new 24-yard go away out of Colin Kaepernick in order to Vernon Davis.
The NFC champion 49ers (13-4-1) were attempting to get his or her record-tying sixth Super Bowl subject nonetheless initial considering that 1995 as well as added in the 5-0 file using their prior appearances. Only your Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 months time Super Bowls.
The AFC champ Ravens (13-6), some sort of franchise of which transferred from Cleveland to Baltimore 17 many years ago, furthermore came within unbeaten around Super Bowls, although merely 1-0, as a result of their tournament around 2001, whenever linebacker Ray Lewis appeared to be voted the game's MVP.
All eyes were being about to always be with Lewis this time around again, while he played their remaining game before retirement right after a 17-year career that is certainly likely to land the pup around this Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lewis missed 10 adventures the following season together with a ripped appropriate triceps muscles and expended two nights while in the past 1 week dismissing some sort of article of which he or she experienced used, coming from all things, deer-antler apply to enhance his performance.
About 1 out of 3 a matter of minutes before the best kickoff, Lewis collected his or her teammates eventually zone displayed this Ravens' purple company color. As that they encircled him, Lewis large triangles of eye ebony covering his entire cheeks shipped his regular rousing pregame speech, plus different online players whooped it up, too.
Not longer after, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis who, including Lewis, dons No. 52 sent his or her very own spicey words, surrounded because of the sleep of his team next to the red, whitened and blue NFL shield logo at midfield.
It appeared to be the first Super Bowl learning matchup somewhere between brothers: Baltimore's John Harbaugh is actually 15 several weeks are over the age San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh.
Both beginning quarterbacks were being creating their debut within the NFL championship game.
Indeed, Kaepernick was doing only his / her 10th start the actual NFL, having taken on the work following Alex Smith became your concussion throughout a game. Flacco, whom brought your Ravens previous Denver's Peyton Manning and New England's Tom Brady for two of his league-record five career postseason road wins by way of a quarterback, was receiving one past possible opportunity to win over ahead of heading directly into a great offseason that may land your pet a $20 million-per-year agreement in totally free agency.
Before the overall game began, using 100 zillion or maybe consequently Americans expected to tune in with TV, a chorus connected with 26 infants from Sandy Hook Elementary School with Newtown, Conn. where 20 scholars and also 6 months time individuals had been wiped out from a filming rampage throughout December sang "America this Beautiful," accompanied by "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson. Grammy success Alicia Keys performed this country wide anthem.
This ended up being this 10th time New Orleans hosted the large adventure tying Miami on most within a metropolis and very first because Hurricane Katrina devastated the particular Big Easy with August 2005.