GALLERY: Big passing plays key 49ers' win over Ravens
With Reggie Bush and Bruce Ellington inactive, Jarryd Hayne was the 49ers' primary punt returner Sunday. His first chance didn't go so well. After eluding a few defenders, he fumbled the ball as he was being tackled. Luckily for him, the 49ers recovered the fumble.
Miller's big first quarter
Fullback Bruce Miller was a large part of the 49ers' offense in the first quarter Sunday. He caught three passes for 89 yards including a 52-yard reception.
49ers take early lead
In an effective first quarter, Colin Kaepernick completed nine passes to five different players for 127 yards. Despite being able to move the ball, the 49ers settled for two Phil Dawson field goals (53, 31) and led 6-0 after the first 15 minutes. Kaepernick threw for 225 yards in the first half on 12-of-19 passing.
Dawson does his thing
Phil Dawson accounted for the first six points of the game Sunday, nailing a 53-yarder on the 49ers' second drive of the game and adding a 31-yarder on their next drive.
Smith burns former team
After spending the first four seasons of his career with Baltimore, Torrey Smith signed with the 49ers this offseason, In his first game against his former team, Smith caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to give San Francisco a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. Phil Dawson added a 26-yard field goal on the next drive to boost the lead to 16-3.
Tucker is Raven's offense
In a first half dominated by the 49ers, the Ravens managed just two second-quarter field goals. Justin Tucker hit from 22 and 36 yards out to account for all of Baltimore's scoring. The 49ers took a 16-6 lead into the locker room.
Acker with the pick
The Raven's first drive of the first half ended when Joe Flacco threw up a wounded duck and 49ers CB Kenneth Acker intercepted the pass and returned it 45 yards into Baltimore territory. It set up a 42-yard Phil Dawson field goal to give the 49ers a 19-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
Smith beats Acker
Right after intercepting his second pass of the season, Kenneth Acker felt the other end of the spectrum. Steve Smith Sr. made a leaping catch over the young 49ers CB in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown to cut San Francisco's lead to 19-13 late in the third quarter.
Boldin busting out
After recording his first 100+ receiving yard game last week against the Giants, Anquan Boldin backed it up with 102 yards on five catches Sunday against the Ravens.
Patton gets free
Following a missed field goal from Justin Tucker, the 49ers extended their lead when Colin Kaepernick found a wide open Quinton Patton for a 21-yard touchdown. Former 49er and current Ravens CB Shareece Wright fell down on coverage, allowing Patton to get open in the end zone.
Ravens make it close
With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco found Kamar Aiken in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown to cut the 49ers' lead to 25-20. The Ravens had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Joe Flacco's pass into the end zone was knocked down as time expired.