The first quarter of Super Bowl XLVII was back and forth between teams. The Baltimore Ravens had a few long pass plays as did the San Francisco 49ers. There were big sacks for both teams. The difference maker in the first half was the biggest play by the Ravens defense.
Colin Kaepernick was rolling down the field with one completion after another until 49ers running back LaMichael James was twirled around by the Ravens defense. Before his knee went down the ball was knocked out and the Ravens recovered. This was a huge play in the first half. Not only did it stop the momentum that Kaepernick and the 49ers had going but also the Ravens took it down for seven.
It will be interesting to see how Kaepernick and the 49ers respond to this setback. They showed during the NFC Championship against the Atlanta Falcons that they were perfectly able to come back from the deficit they were in. On the much bigger stage that is the Super Bowl, can Kaepernick and his team come back from that setback or will they begin to push?
Time will tell but one thing is for sure. The Ravens defense showed up to play in this game. After the first big play of the 49ers, they went on to get only a field goal because of the big time stop by the Ravens D. There will be more big plays by the 49ers in this game I feel certain. The question is; will those big plays be offset by a bigger play by the Ravens? Following the fumble recovery with an interception speaks pretty highly that they will.