It didn't take long for the Baltimore Ravens to pile on to their 21-6 lead over the 49ers from halftime of Super Bowl XLVII. Jacoby Jones, who scored the last touchdown of the first half on a 56-yard pass from Joe Flacco, ran the opening kickoff in the second half back 108 yards for a touchdown, tying a Super Bowl record and extending the Ravens' lead to 28-6.
Play resumed almost 35 minutes later, just in time for Kaepernick to throw an incomplete pass, forcing the 49ers to punt the ball. The Ravens were unable to pile on to their lead, though, as they returned the favor and punted the ball right back to the Niners.
Kaepernick finally started to move the ball with his legs, gaining a first down on two runs, including one for 15 yards. Kaepernick then hit Randy Moss, his first catch of the game, on a third-and-8 play to get across the 50-yard line, into Baltimore territory, extending the drive. Another 18-yard pass to Vernon Davis brought the Niners to the 31-yard line. Then, on the following play, the Niners reached the end zone for the very first time. Kaepernick threw the ball to Michael Crabtree. Once he caught the ball, he was sandwiched between Cary Williams and Bernard Pollard, but managed to stay on his feet for a 31-yard touchdown, narrowing the Ravens' lead to 28-13.
Jones wasn't able to bring the ball back to the 20-yard line on his next return for the Ravens and Flacco and the Baltimore offense were unable to get anything going as Flacco was sacked on third-and-10 back at their own seven-yard line. Sam Koch was forced to punt the ball back in his own end zone and Ted Ginn Jr. was able to get around the edge and bring the ball back to the 20-yard line for the Niners. At this point in the third quarter, it appears as if the momentum had shifted from the Ravens to the 49ers.
Kaepernick dropped back to pass on first down and found Davis, who took the ball down to the six-yard line, going over 100 yards on the day. Frank Gore punched the ball into the end zone on the very next play, narrowing the Ravens' lead by another seven points. It was their second touchdown in only two minutes and 25 seconds.
Baltimore got the ball back with just under five minutes left in the third quarter, holding on to a 28-20 lead. The momentum shift took its toll on the Ravens as Baltimore running back Ray Rice fumbled the ball after catching a pass from Flacco. The Niners recovered the ball on the Ravens' 24-yard line. Kaepernick and the Niners offense took the field with a chance to score three unanswered touchdowns, but they were held to a field goal after going three-and-out from two incomplete passes and a short run. Akers missed his third field goal attempt, this one from 39 yards out, but a penalty was called on the Ravens for running into the kicker. Akers was given another chance, this time from 34 yards, and he took advantage of it, kicking the ball through the uprights.
The Ravens' lead was narrowed once again, this time to 28-23.
Flacco and the Ravens got the ball back on the 27-yard line with just over three minutes left in the quarter and a five-point lead. Desperate to get something going to retain the lead and get the momentum back, they were able to move the ball down the field in large chunks, mainly due to a 30-yard pass to Anquan Boldin. The Ravens drove into Niners territory, making their way to the 18-yard line on a Bernard Pierce run, and then allowed time to run out in the quarter.
They will open the fourth quarter with a first down in the red zone and a 28-23 lead.