Patrick Willis says the Ravens' second-quarter fake field goal was… (Ronald Martinez / Getty…)
NEW ORLEANS — The Baltimore Ravens rolled the dice late in the second quarter Sunday by running a fake field-goal try on fourth and nine from the San Francisco 14. Rookie kicker Justin Tucker took the direct snap, sprinted to his left and ran to the 49ers six, where he was pushed out of bounds a yard shy of the first down.
"It was one of those things that I felt like was just very disrespectful," linebacker Patrick Willis said. "It's one of those things where they said that they are going to go for the fake because, 'We think we can score on y'all at any time. At any point in the game.' To get that stop was big for us."
The interception in the second quarter by Baltimore's Ed Reed was the ninth postseason pick of his career, tying him for an NFL record he shares with Ronnie Lott, Bill Simpson and Charlie Waters. Reed has 70 interceptions overall, the only active player to reach that milestone and only the fifth player in league history.
As of late Sunday night, the NFL was still investigating the cause of the power outage during the game.
Once play resumed, CBS said all commercial commitments for the broadcast were being honored. The network sold out its allotment of advertising at $3.8 million per 30-second spot.
"Immediately after the power failure in the Superdome, we lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome," said Jennifer Sabatelle, vice president of communications for CBS Sports.
"We utilized CBS' back-up power and at no time did we leave the air. During the interruption, CBS Sports' Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth.
Ravens tackle Michael Oher, the real-life inspiration for the bestselling book and award-winning movie "The Blind Side," briefly reflected after the game on his unlikely rise.
"I know the road that I've traveled to be a Super Bowl champion," he said, his eyes glistening. "Words can't even describe it. It's unbelievable right now. All kinds of emotions. I'm just in shock right now."
The family that adopted him as an impoverished, wayward youth joined him on the field after the game.
"Without them," he said, "I don't know if I'd be here or not."
Oh so close
San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick said after the game that he was covinced the 49ers would win when, trailing by five points, they drove to the Baltimore five with two minutes left.
"I think that last drive, when we got the ball and had time to score a touchdown," he said, "we thought it was our game."
He was asked what goes through his mind after a tough loss.
"We'll be back," he said.
He didn't win Sunday, but Kaepernick earned the respect of the Ravens. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, last season's NFL defensive player of the year, said: "Y'all know nobody hates quarterbacks more than me, but I also have great respect for Colin Kaepernick. I respect him tons, and I don't usually say that about quarterbacks. The kid can play. You've got to take your hat off to the 49ers. They play the game with heart, but they ran into a buzz saw."