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49ers, Ravens tied 6-6 after 3rd quarter on Thanksgiving in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (AP) ' David Akers made a 52-yard field goal to pull San Francisco into a 6-6 tie with the Baltimore Ravens after three quarters on Thursday night.
However, the period ended with the Ravens threatening, facing third-and-goal from the 8-yard line.
Trailing 6-3, San Francisco opened the second half with a 13-play, 46-yard drive to set up the lengthy Akers field goal. Alex Smith kept the drive alive with an 18-yard pass to Michael Crabtree on third-and-17 from his own 26-yard line. Smith later scrambled 8 yards for a first down, and a 9-yard pass to Ted Ginn followed by a 9-yard rush by Frank Gore got the ball to the 27-yard line. However, Terrell Suggs sacked Smith for a 10-yard loss to force the field goal.
Billy Cundiff made two field goals to give Baltimore a 6-3 halftime lead.
Cundiff's second field goal was set up by a pass interference penalty on San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown, who was flagged for grabbing the arm of wide receiver Torrey Smith. That gave the Ravens a first down at the 15-yard line, and three straight running plays set up second-and-goal from the 1.
But the 49ers defense, which has not allowed a touchdown rushing this season, stiffened by throwing Ray Rice for a 4-yard loss and dropping quarterback Joe Flacco for no gain. Baltimore was forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal with 2:51 left in the second quarter.
Penalties proved costly for San Francisco in the second quarter. Early in the period, a chop block penalty by Gore negated a 75-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Ted Ginn
The Ravens had four sacks and an interception in the first half.
Baltimore had grabbed a 3-0 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Cundiff at the 10:21 mark of the first quarter.
Flacco completed a 22-yard pass to Anquan Boldin on third-and-6 to prevent the Ravens from going three-and-out on the game's opening possession. Flacco and Boldin hooked up again for a 16-yard pass on the next play to bring the ball into San Francisco territory and Rice added a 10-yard run, but the drive stalled at the 20-yard line.
San Francisco answered toward the end of the quarter with a 45-yard field goal by Akers. Smith found Vernon Davis for a 20-yard gain on third-and-2 to keep the drive alive and bring the ball to the Baltimore 40-yard line.
It was the first time in NFL history two brothers met as head coaches. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh were joined by father Jack during pregame festivities.