This is the live blog for the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVII. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room in Oakland.
3:28 Baltimore wins the toss and chooses to defer. They feel their defense can stop the 49ers’ offense.
3:30 Guess the first play. I’m guessing pass to Crabtree.
3:32 Tucker kicks it past the back of the end zone. The 49ers start from their own 20.
3:32 From the pistol, Kaepernick play fakes and hits Vernon Davis for a gain of 20, but there is a flag.
3:33 Illegal formation. First and 15.
3:33 Gore takes the handoff and gains no yards. Second and 15.
3:34 Kaepernick completes a pass to Walker on the sideline but he can’t get his feet in bounds. Third and 15.
3:35 Kaepernick hands off to Gore on a draw and he gains two yards. They messed up two plays on that drive.
3:36 Jacoby Jones returns the punt to the Ravens’ 49 yard line.
3:36 Joe Flacco completes a short pass to fullback Vonta Leach for a gain of eight. Second and two.
3:37 Rice runs up the middle for four yards. First down. Then Flacco drops back and hits Torrey Smith for 20 yards. First and ten from the 19.
3:38 Rice up the middle for one.
3:39 McDonald gets pressure and Flacco throws it away. Third and nine.
3:39 Flacco overthrows his target in the end zone, but Ahmad Brooks is flagged for jumping offside. Five yard penalty. Third and four.
3:40 Flacco drops back and hits Anquan Boldin for a touchdown. He beat NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner. 7-0 Ravens with 10:36 left in the first quarter.
3:43 The 49ers were not prepared on either series. The Ravens look more prepared early in the game.
3:44 LaMichael James catches the kickoff in the end zone and takes a knee.
3:47 From the pistol, Kaepernick hands off to Gore who runs up the middle for a loss of a yard, and there’s a fight.
3:47 Kaepernick drops back, throws with pressure in his face and hits Crabtree over the middle for 19 yards. First down.
3:48 First and 10 from the 38. Gore up the middle for no gain.
3:48 Gore runs a draw and gains eight yards. Third and two.
3:49 Kaepernick runs a draw up the middle and gains nine yards. First and 10.
3:52 Kaepernick completes a 24 yard pass to Vernon Davis. First and goal at the eight.
3:53 Kaepernick throws over Crabtree’s head on second and goal, and on third and goal Paul Kruger beats Anthony Davis and sacks Colin Kaepernick.
3:54 Akers makes the field goal. 7-3 Ravaens with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
3:56 We can see the Ravens are struggling with the 49ers’ offensive speed, but the Ravens are getting pressure and they’re tough in the red zone.
3:57 Ed Reed is jogging to the locker room. He was shaken up when he tackled Vernon Davis. Vernon Davis was also shaken up on the play.
3:58 Reed injured his knee on that play. It was a knee-to-knee collision.
4:00 Flacco drops back and hits Pitta for nine yards. Second and one from the 31.
4:00 Rice runs up the middle for no gain. Third and one.
4:01 Rice runs off left tackle for two yards. First down.
4:01 Rice runs up the middle and gains three. Second and seven.
4:02 Flacco throws to Boldin and he drops it. He didn’t want to get hit by Donte Whitner. Third and seven.
4:03 Willis blitzes, Brooks gets pressure, Flacco rolls right and throws a prayer off his back foot and Boldin catches it in front of Culliver. First down. Gain of 31.
4:04 Flacco checks down to Leach for a loss of three.
4:04 Flacco overthrows Torrey Smith deep. Third and 13.
4:05 Ray McDonald sacks Flacco. They’re going to have to punt.