The first half of the 2013 Super Bowl was full of Baltimore Ravens highlights. Quarterback Joe Flacco found multiple targets for big plays, including a 56-yard touchdown prayer to Jacoby Jones, to put his team ahead 21-3 in the waning moments of the half.
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had his fair share of good plays, too, but none of them got his team into the end zone. He was precise with his throws, for the most part, but a costly interception to Ed Reed helped shift momentum completely in the Ravens’ favor.
Let’s take a look at some clips from each of these plays and rank them according to their “wow” factor and impact on the game to this point.
1. Flacco's Wild TD Pass
Flacco was under pressure, as he was for much of the first half, and got a little lucky on this one. Although, Jacoby Jones was wide open after burning past defensive back Chris Culliver and was wide open.
Still, he was able to heave a deep ball to Jones, who had to stop and wait for it to get to him after getting past the coverage. Then he fell as he caught it, got back up and made both 49ers defenders miss as he dove into the end zone.
2. Flacco's First TD Pass
The Ravens spread out their formation in the red zone and Flacco found Anquan Boldin, who lined up in the inside of the far side of the formation, over the middle of the field for a 13-yard touchdown reception.
It was the first score of the game and was an excellent example of the touch and timing Flacco has displayed during his impressive 2013 postseason performance.
3. Kaepernick's Touch Pass
No, we’re not going to list just the top plays for the Ravens. Kaepernick threw some nice passes himself in the first half, including this beautiful 24-yard toss to tight end Vernon Davis.
Kaepernick didn’t zip it to his receiver as he did for much of the first half. Rather, he lofted it up over the head of the linebacker and put it where only his receiver would have a shot at it.
4. Ed Reed Intercepts Kaepernick
Ed Reed seems to always be in the right place at the right time and it's resulted in a career full of big plays. None can match a Super Bowl interception and he got his in the first half of the game when Kaepernick overshot Randy Moss.
Following the play, though, a brawl broke out that resulted in off-setting personal fouls against both teams.