Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Over 80,000 fans descended upon M&T Bank Stadium to honor their returning Super Bowl champs, so many folks that thousands had to be turned away from the organized event [owner Steve Bisciotti said he'd only expected and planned for 30,000 to attend on a cold grey February day]. No worries---the excess stadium crowd just moved to the streets of Baltimore to join about 50,000 other fans who lined the Inner Harbor thoroughfare for the Ravens to follow the team cavalcade as it rolled on by.                     Let the good times roll in Baltimore... meanwhile, I finally had a chance to look at the comparative stats from the actual game. What stands out is how terrific Joe Flacco performed, not just in the early going but also later under situational pressure. For example, on third-and-1 from Baltimore's 45-yard line with less than eight minutes to play, Flacco called an audible for a pass play to Anquan Boldin that was beyond risky. Boldin made the catch, as he had throughout the game. The Ravens got a field goal out of the drive to turn a two-point game into a 34-29 lead with a little more than four minutes to play. Flacco finished 22-of-33 for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 124.2. Flacco-to-Boldin A Winning Combo Joe Flacco completed 7 of 10 third-down passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and was 4 of 4 with a TD targeting Anquan Boldin. Boldin entered the game with just one third-down TD reception in 105 career third-down targets with the Ravens. Joe Flacco, Third-Down Passing 2012 Postseason   1st 3 Gms Super Bowl* * 4-4, 88 yds, TD targeting Boldin -- ESPN Stats & Information Comp. pct. 34.6 70.0 (7-10) Yds per att. 8.9 15.8 TD 1 2 Team Stat Comparison   BAL   SF   1st Downs 21 23 Passing 1st downs 13 13 Rushing 1st downs 6 9 1st downs from Penalties 2 1 3rd down efficiency 9-16 2-9 4th down efficiency 0-2 0-1 Total Plays 70 60 Total Yards 367 468 Yards per play 5.2 7.8 Passing 274 286 Comp - Att 22-33 16-28 Yards per pass 8.3 10.2 Interceptions thrown 0 1 Sacks - Yards Lost 2-13 3-16 Rushing 93 182 Rushing Attempts 35 29 Yards per rush 2.7 6.3 Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-4 2-6 Penalties 2-20 5-33 Turnovers 1 2 Fumbles lost 1 1 Interceptions thrown 0 1 Defensive / Special Teams TDs 1 0 Possession 32:23 27:37   Passing Leaders     BAL C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS   SF C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS Kaepernick 16/28 302 10.8 1 1 3-16 Flacco 22/33 287 8.7 3 0 2-13   Rushing Leaders     BAL CAR YDS AVG TD LG   SF CAR YDS AVG TD LG Gore 19 110 5.8 1 33 Kaepernick 7 62 8.9 1 15 Rice 20 59 3.0 0 12 Pierce 12 33 2.8 0 8   Receiving Leaders     BAL REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS   SF REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS Crabtree 5 109 21.8 1 31 10 Davis 6 104 17.3 0 29 8 Boldin 6 104 17.3 1 30 10 Jones 1 56 56.0 1 56 2   Research Notes--- .extras-module { position:relative; z-index: 99; background: #FFF; border: 1px solid #CCC; padding: 10px; box-shadow: 3px 3px 3px #AAA; left:10px; } .ie7 .extras-module { margin-top:15px; } .extras-module table { margin:0; padding:0 7px 7px; } .extras-module table thead tr th { background:#D6D6D6; } .extras-module table { padding-bottom:3px !important; } .extras-module div.close { float: right; font-size: 9px; padding: 0 7px 3px; margin: 0; text-transform: uppercase; cursor: pointer; font-weight: bold; } NEXT LEVEL: Michael Crabtree was targeted on the 49ers' last three plays (all incompletions). He caught five of the seven passes thrown his way prior to that. Crabtree did not catch any of his three end-zone targets on Sunday after being targeted only six times in his first 18 games.    
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