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.
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.