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Halftime: Ravens roughing up Alex Smith

In taking a 6-3 halftime lead over the 49ers, the Ravens have been getting after San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith with five-man pressures. Smith was sacked four times on his first nine drop backs.

Cory Redding has two sacks, his first multi-sack game since 2006 (which also came against the 49ers). Haloti Ngata and Tom Zbikowski also had sacks.

Here are some other thoughts at halftime of Ravens-49ers:

  • The 49ers have given up the second-fewest offensive touchdowns this season, but the Ravens helped out San Francisco late in the first half. Shortly after a 50-yard pass interference penalty, the Ravens had first-and-goal from the 3-yard line and didn't crack the end zone. Baltimore chose to run Ray Rice wide on second down (for a 4-yard loss) and call a quarterback draw on third down (for no gain).

  • San Francisco had a 75-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn negated by Frank Gore's chop block. Ginn ran past Cary Williams, who never did pick up the ball in the air. Instead of a touchdown, that drive ended with the 49ers backed up at their own 9-yard line.

  • Despite playing the strong 49ers run defense, the Ravens have stayed committed to the run. Rice has 12 carries for 39 yards. His longest run was 10 yards.

  • The Ravens don't seem to be missing Ray Lewis (who is out with a toe injury) in the first half. Gore has 21 yards on nine carries, a 2.3-yard average.