The San Francisco 49ers went three and out on their next-to-last possession in the first half, perhaps with the inexperience of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick raising its head with a double-clutch incompletion sabotaging the series after stopping the Baltimore Ravens’ unsuccessful fake field-goal try.
Jones fell down when making the catch, but he was untouched, stood up and ran the remaining yards into the end zone for a 21-3 lead with 1:45 remaining.
It was Flacco’s third touchdown pass of the game.
The 49ers marched back inside the Ravens' 10 as the seconds dwindled toward halftime, the big play being a Kaepernick pass to Delanie Walker.
On third and two at the Ravens' nine, Kaepernick was stopped for no gain, and the 49ers' David Akers kicked a 27-yard field goal to end the first half.
Here in Las Vegas, bookmakers have installed the 49ers as a seven-point favorite in the second half, with the second-half over/under at 24 1/2 points.
The Ravens pushed inside the 49ers’ 20 on a Joe Flacco pass to running back Ray Rice, but receiver Anquan Boldin dropped a pass near the 10, and Flacco’s next pass fell incomplete beyond the end zone.
A 32-yard field-goal try was faked, and the run fell short of the first-down marker, giving the 49ers possession with 3:05 left in the first half.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was confronted with a third down, but he found tight end Ed Dickson for a completion inside the San Francisco 30 to extend the series, then found him again for another completion inside the 10.
A facemask penalty on the 49ers made it first and goal at the four.
A play later, Flacco found tight end Dennis Pitta for a touchdown and 14-3 lead.
The Ravens moved to the 49ers’ 34 on a long, desperate pass from Flacco to receiver Anquan Boldin, but the march stalled from there after a short pass lost yardage and an incompletion.
San Francisco took possession at their own 20 with 14:52 left in the first half, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick quickly found tight end Vernon Davis for a gain to the 49. Two big runs later, and the 49ers were inside the Ravens' 30.
A San Francisco fumble is now being reviewed, but replays make it appear it's Ravens' ball.
Ravens 7, 49ers 3 (3:58 left in first quarter)
The thing I’ve always believed about this game is that the Baltimore Ravens -- or no other team -- have an answer for the skill of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The second-year Nevada product is flashing all of his skill on this second 49ers drive, running his team into Ravens territory and then finding tight end Vernon Davis for a 24-yard gain to the Baltimore eight-yard line here in the first quarter.
A no-gain run by Frank Gore and a high pass by Kaepernick was followed by a sack. The 49ers will take their three points at the 3:58 mark, and now it’s 7-3 Baltimore.
The Ravens took a 7-0 lead on Joe Flacco’s 13-yard pass from Joe Flacco to receiver Anquan Boldin.
Then some entertaining ads came on.
Just to let you know who I’m among here at the Mirage Race and Sports Book, when the commercial showing the hot blonde making out with the computer nerd, someone watching the scene actually bellowed the name of the sponsor, “Go Daddy!”
Ravens 7, 49ers 0 (10:36 left in first quarter)
The 49ers completed a long pass to tight end Vernon Davis on the first play from scrimmage, but an illegal-procedure penalty negated the play and San Francisco went three and out on its first possession.
Enjoying good field position following the punt, the Ravens moved quickly to the 49ers’ 18-yard line on a completion from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Torrey Smith.
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A San Francisco penalty moved Baltimore to the 13, and on a third-and-four play, Flacco found receiver Anquan Boldin for a 13-yard touchdown pass.
Alicia Keys has delivered a rousing edition of the national anthem, the NFL has introduced its newest set of Hall of Fame players and the San Francisco 49ers have won the coin toss.
Super Bowl 47 is nearly underway, with a massive crowd of hundreds looking on at the Mirage Race and Sports Book here in Las Vegas, cheering for Keys’ performance.
“They can’t hear you,” one wisecracker next to me said to the applauding masses.
At kickoff, the 49ers are a 4 1/2-point favorite here and the over/under is 48 points as Colin Kaepernick leads his team against Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the hard-hitting Ravens in the Harbaugh Bowl.
The 49ers have opted to receive the kick and will take possession at their own 20-yard line. Here we go.
I’ve always prided myself as a Clark Kent-type of reporter. Mild-mannered, strait-laced, tending to avoid risk.
But that’s all out the window when you go to Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. It’s my third day here, having just covered an Ultimate Fighting Championship event.
I know what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but we’re among friends, and after all, I am a reporter.
So, in a not-so-typical pregame dose of information, here’s a look through the keyhole into some of the last 48 hours, and some insight into the personalities who will help weave us through Super Bowl Sunday at the world-famous Mirage Race and Sports Book.
Briefly recapping how we got here, the daring, raucous weekend started with a car ride across the Mojave Desert with two good friends.
It was something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsGP35Vd6qQ.
We’ll skip many of the other details that I’d like to provide here, because this is family-oriented website.
We passed under a large freeway sign screaming, “ZERO TOLERANCE IS THE LAW IN NEVADA.” Good advice.
Somewhere around the state line on Friday, a friend of mine already in Las Vegas who’ll be by our side during the Big Game called to say he’d have to meet us later because he and his buddies were going to Cheetahs. And I presume that didn’t mean he was going to the zoo. Or at least a zoo as most of us know one.
Upon arrival, my car’s other passenger, a beanie-wearing international lover, became distracted by the number of attractive women in attendance at Friday night’s Santana concert at the House of Blues. Las Vegas is all about the beautiful people, but I was beginning to think my friends had been transported back to their frat-house days.
Still, you think you’re having fun when you look around and wonder, “How did I get here?” “Who are these people?” “Can I trust them?” The next day can bring sobering perspective.
The cause is helped because one of the friends is captivated by what, for me, is a typical working weekend in Las Vegas: covering the UFC event, schmoozing with sources and associates, and, in this case, sticking around to live-blog Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans live from a sports book.
At the UFC fight at Mandalay Bay, she remarks, “Everyone in here looks like Joe Rogan.” Some of the fight action was thrilling and Charles Barkley was among those taking it in.
“You’re in the amazing business,” my friend says.
I’ll check back in around kickoff. This should be good.
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