Halftime Quick Hits: Baltimore Ravens charge to 21-6 lead over San Francisco 49ers

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Updated: February 3, 2013

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first half of Super Bowl XVII, one of three thrown by quarterback Joe Flacco.

Recap

Opportunities were the theme of the first half of Super Bowl XVII — opportunities missed by the San Francisco 49ers, opportunities seized by the Baltimore Ravens, who go to the locker room with an imposing 21-6 lead.

After charging through the regular season and playoffs with an aggressive offensive style, the 49ers came into this game surprisingly conservative, as though they wanted to ensure that young quarterback Colin Kaepernick needed to do as little as possible. Kaepernick was seen to overthrow several receivers during warmups, so it’s possible that he had a case of the nerves and head coach Jim Harbaugh was simply trying to ease him into the game. In any case, this hasn’t been the 49ers we’ve grown accustomed to watching.

A look at the box score doesn’t begin to depict the blowout this has been so far, which has been catalyzed by two turnovers.

On first-and-10 from the Baltimore 10-yard line, 49ers running back LaMichael James was tackled for a one-yard loss. Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw forced the ball out, and it was recovered by defensive end Arthur Jones. The Ravens responded by marching down to the one-yard line, where quarterback Joe Flacco threw a touchdown to tight end Dennis Pitta.

On the ensuing drive, Kaepernick made a terrible throw in the direction of wide receiver Michael Crabtree that was intercepted by Ravens safety Ed Reed and returned to the San Francisco 38-yard line. A melee ensued that resulted in offsetting flags assessed against both teams. The ensuing drive ended in bizarre fashion, as on fourth-and-nine from the San Francisco 14-yard line, the Ravens faked a field goal attempt. Placekicker Justin Tucker took the direct snap and scrambled toward the sidelines, where he was tackled one yard shy of the first down by defensive back Darcel McBath.

The gamble paid off, however, the 49ers went three-and-out and were forced to punt.

Record-setting performances

For his part, Flacco has looked crisp and decisive through two quarters. He has completed 13 of 20 attempts (65%) for 192 yards and three touchdowns. He made a couple of spectacular sideline passes under duress that resulted in major gains. Flacco has now tied the all-time NFL record for most postseason touchdowns in a single season with 11, while throwing no interceptions.

With 16 first-half rushing yards, Kaepernick has extended his all-time record for postseason yards on the ground by a quarterback to 218.

Reed’s interception tied the all-time postseason interception record.

What’s next

As New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pointed out in a radio interview during halftime, both teams need to come out of the locker room treating this game as though the score is 0-0. The 49ers need to go back to the style that has gotten them so far, while the Ravens — who get the ball to open the half — cannot afford to become complacent and sit on their lead. The 49ers need to settle down and play the fundamental brand of football that has served them well this season, particularly their defense, who have had some glaringly missed tackles, particularly in the backfield on sack attempts.

If San Francisco cannot find a way to get this game back under control, it threatens to get away from them in a hurry.

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Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

331 comments
G & G
G & G moderator

The offseason is waiting for us...

FUCK!!

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125

Joe Flacco is about to get paid! And hes earned it. He had a great playoffs. 

Rourke
Rourke

Ray Lewis is the first man to win a Super Bowl 12 years apart.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

‎"If God is for me, who can be against me?"
-Ray Lewis postgame

Thanks for the sentiment, Ray, but I really don't think God cares who wins a football game. Tonight, Joe Flacco and Jacoby Jones were for you, and that was enough to overcome your poor defensive showing. 

You didn't win a championship because God loves you more than the San Francisco guys. You won a championship because you played a (slightly) better football game. Your ability to buy your way out of legal trouble and cheat your way back on the field had much more to do with this outcome than divine intervention.

Rourke
Rourke

What is the Spanish word for "brother"?

Joedirte
Joedirte

Nate is the Pick em Champ so we dont have a Gatorade shower so youll have to just take a Golden Shower I guess. But you were the better man and for all the people in the trailer park in South Ga and all Rednecks everywhere...We Salute you

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

oh, and fuck you for beating me, Nate.  

Congrats

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

ok, 49ers lost that with poor play calling at the end.  Kaepernick should have run on 2nd down, should have called runs on 3rd and/or 4th.  


Two huge plays, both by Jacoby Jones, won that game for Baltimore.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

i wish. i could talk. like ray lewis. and people would buy into, my dramatic pauses. and buy. into my bullshit.

Rourke
Rourke

 Admittedly, this is an article about high school football, but it explains it pretty clearly.

Joedirte
Joedirte

I thought Kelly Rowland was hotter than Beyonce......

Joedirte
Joedirte

So how did everybodies else SB go for them

Rourke
Rourke

 Bleh, one good playoff series does not an elite quarterback make, and it's a sign of just how dumb teams are that he'll get paid huge money for it. He is a second-tier quarterback at best for his career. Hell, he's never thrown more than 25 TDs in a season, and that was in 2010.

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Maybe we can get Ryan at a discount because he hasnt won a SB yet lol

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Yea Flacco is a top 5 QB now and will get Brees-type money

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Baltimore defense tonight: gave up 468 yards, 7.8 yards per play, and 29 points.  Yeesh.  I think SF had the higher DRS.


Honestly, SF played better in this game, but Bal made more of their opportunities.

Joedirte
Joedirte

 God totally wanted the Ravens to win he had them to cover the spread in Vegas and needed to keep the goons from breaking his thumbs

natradamus
natradamus moderator

 thank you- I just had luck on my side this year-  only difference between me and everyone else

natradamus
natradamus moderator

good game bud and thanks

Joedirte
Joedirte

 I didnt understand why they were throwing before the endzone because  they were taking their foot off the Pedal.......Where's Robert Russ to write a 5 part series on how Colin Kaepernick sucks now lol

Doctor ϟ Professor ☧
Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ moderator

 i said during the game that i didnt like the 2 times in the game where they did a roll out play in the redzone. why take away half of an already short field?

Joedirte
Joedirte

 Well you can do that if you go to 13 Pro Bowls and win 2 SBs

G & G
G & G moderator

I thought your mother was hotter than Kelly Roland

natradamus
natradamus moderator

I know this is innacurate, but I imagine that beyonce's thighs would be like thumping pillows

natradamus
natradamus moderator

not too bad-  had to stay sober for the first time since I was 12, but still an enjoyable and profitable game-  I won the pick em contest and #'s for halftime.

Joedirte
Joedirte

  Andrew Luck helped you out.....You Bastard using Stanford math boys to help you out lol

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  I thought for a second I was gonna get a late TD and 2 point conversion to get the final margin right.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  Kaeperick should have run on that roll out.  Had at least a few yards, maybe a TD, there was no pass there

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  that is true- and don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the guy, but everytime he gets a microphone in his face now he is trying to say something profound.  he is trying to hard so it seems insincere.

Joedirte
Joedirte

  Wow you must be on some good extacy and some bad cocaine

Joedirte
Joedirte

  No dont get me wrong Beyonce is mega hot but Kelly has an even better ass. But beyonce has better legs.....Shes the new Tina Turner

Joedirte
Joedirte

  Well Congrats and your name Nastradamus is very accurate lol

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  I thought I was fucked towards the end of the 9ers drive- but I thought that was some shitty play calling on third and 4th down

Doctor ϟ Professor ☧
Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ moderator

  at the most he had a few yards. not only that, but they ran the first one to the short side of the field. makes no sense.

Joedirte
Joedirte

  I think they will have him give speeches like they do for Lou Holtz but I think they will put him on MNF if Gruden leaves

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  what are the chances that they use him in the direction of real analysis instead of their current subjective format? 

nothing would be better than ray lewis braking down a defensive scheme- but I am going to be dissapointed if they use him in the "who is hungrier" analysis, and I think espn will once again disapoint me-  

Joedirte
Joedirte

  Well you can hear him do it on ESPN now

Joedirte
Joedirte

   Seriously that doesnt get a like.....Thats like the best follow-up Joke I've done in a while....Oh Well

Joedirte
Joedirte

  Man I dig those thick women but I think I've been around the Brothers too much lol

natradamus
natradamus moderator

  I'm actually not the biggest fan of her legs-  her thigh's are too thick for my 'perfect girl' bar- but she is fucking gorgeous

Joedirte
Joedirte

   Well Jay-Z did say its a Hard Knock Life

niemerg1
niemerg1

  does she get beat up like turner too?