Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana kicked off at 6:32 p.m. Eastern after the national anthem by Alicia Keys and a touching rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir accompanied by Jennifer Hudson.
Ray Lewis chose “heads” and won the toss, but let San Francisco get the ball first. Baltimore will receive the second half kickoff.
San Francisco’s opening drive had a 20-yard completion from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis nullified due to an illegal formation penalty. The 49ers subsequently weren’t able to get the first down and punted it away giving Baltimore a great starting position at the 49-yard line.
The Ravens moved the ball quickly down to the San Francisco 18-yard line. An offside penalty on the 49ers penalty gave the Ravens another shot on third down.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco converted a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on the next play, giving Baltimore a quick 7–0 lead.
On the 49ers next possession, they got their first first down with a 19-yard completion to Michael Crabtree right under the nose of Lewis. They then began getting their running game going with running back Frank Gore.
Kaepernick got another first down with a nine-yard run to keep the Ravens off balance. He has already established a record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in these playoffs with over 200 yards and counting.
Davis got the 49ers in goal-to-go territory with a nice 24-yard catch in front of Ed Reed.
On third-and-goal, Paul Kruger sacked Kaepernick forcing the 49ers to kick a 36-yard field goal.
The Ravens led 7–3 with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter.
On the Ravens second possession, they began on their own 22-yard line. Flacco showed his mobility by escaping the pressure and finding Boldin for a miraculous 31-yard completion. Not enough credit is given for Flacco’s mobility, although his arm strength has never been questioned.
The first quarter came to a close with the 49ers sacking Flacco, taking Baltimore out of field goal range.
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