On a third-and-inches play with Ray Rice in the backfield would’ve appeared to call for a run, but the Ravens opted instead for another Joe Flacco pass to Anquan Boldin.
The completion kept San Francisco’s raging offense off the field, as Boldin moved the Ravens to the San Francisco 39-yard line.
A Rice run picked up more yards, setting up a Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal.
Ravens 31, 49ers 29 (9:57 left in fourth quarter)
We have a two-point Super Bowl with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Minutes after a Baltimore field goal, the San Francisco 49ers responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The two-point conversion pass failed and Baltimore leasds, 31-29.
Kaepernick’s scoring run is the longest by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.
Ravens 28, 49ers 23 (end of third quarter)
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With momentum clearly shifting in San Francisco’s favor, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco stared down a third-and-two situation and connected with receiver Anquan Boldin for a first down into 49ers territory.
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce added another first down to move the ball to the 49ers’ 18 with eight seconds left in the third quarter.
At the third-quarter whistle, the Ravens lead San Francisco, 28-23.
Ravens 28, 49ers 23 (3:14 left in third quarter)
Since the power went out at the Superdome, the San Francisco 49ers have outscored the Baltimore Ravens, 17-0, and outgained them by 90 yards, 106-16.
Now, the 49ers have recovered a fumble by Baltimore running back Ray Rice at the Ravens’ 24-yard line with more than four minutes left in the third quarter.
San Francisco moved to the 21 on a Frank Gore run, but Colin Kaepernick overthrew a receiver in the end zone, and David Akers missed a field goal wide left from 39 yards with 3:14 remaining in the third.
A penalty against Baltimore for running into the kicker moved the ball up five yards, and Akers converted the second chance as the 49ers moved within five points of the Ravens.
Ravens 28, 49ers 20 (4:29 left in third quarter)
Following a 78-yard touchdown drive directed by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers defense stiffened and sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on a third-down play to force a punt.
San Francisco receiver Ted Ginn Jr. returned the punt inside the Ravens’ 30-yard line. The 49ers moved inside the 10-yard line on a pass for Kaepernick to fullback Delanie Walker.