49ers Super BowlI’m aware that the only stat in the box score you’re concerned with is the 49ers’ -3 score margin. I’m also aware that the means by which the 49ers failed to outscore the Ravens is not something you’re all that excited about investigating — not at this stage of your grief, anyway.

Still, I carried on with this because when the moment comes that you’re tired of blaming the referees, conspiracy theory, the 49ers’ public relations department, and Beyonce’s lip-syncing, you’ll probably want to know the truth. You’ll probably want a new receptacle for your animosity.  And, well, since stats are a pretty close approximation of the truth, the following compilation of all the stats behind those that comprise the box score can be helpful in reassigning blame.



With drops and throw-aways accounted for, Colin Kaepernick had a completion percentage of just 64.3%. Joe Flacco, on the other hand, completed 80.6% of his passes by the same measure.

Both Kaepernick and Flacco attempted seven passes of 20 yards or more. Kaepernick completed three for 84 yards. Two his attempts were also dropped. Flacco also completed three, but for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Kaepernick was pressured on 10 of his dropbacks. He took three sacks and attempted six passes, of which he completed two for 20 yards and one interception. Flacco was pressured on nine of his dropbacks. He took two sacks, threw the ball away twice, and completed five passes for 60 yards.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Michael Crabtree was targeted 10 times, the most of any 49ers’ receiver. He caught only five passes, however. He was targeted five times while facing Corey Graham. Graham allowed just one catch on those targets.

Randy Moss saw his most targets (5) since Week 16’s game against the Seahawks. He managed to catch just two of them, which gave him his lowest completion percentage since Week 12.

Vernon Davis was targeted eight times, the most since Week 11. He managed six catches — his most in one game since Week 11. Davis also had his first drop since Week 14.

Delanie Walker was targeted four times. He was not credited with a drop for the second straight week.

Anquan Boldin led all Baltimore receivers with 10 targets, of which he caught six and dropped two. He had the most success against Chris Culliver (who didn’t?), catching two passes on three targets for 6o yards — 25 of which came after the catch. He caught three passes on four targets against Carlos Rogers for only 31 yards. He was targeted twice while covered by Tarell Brown, but didn’t catch either.

Torrey Smith was targeted five times. He caught two passes, one against Donte Whitner and one against NaVorro Bowman. He was targeted three times while Culliver was in coverage, but didn’t come away with any catches.

Jacoby Jones was targeted only two times. He collected one back-breaking reception against Culliver.

Dennis Pita collected four receptions on five targets, the majority of them coming against Donte Whitner.

Running Backs

Of Frank Gore’s 110 yards, 51 were gained after first contact. His 2.7 yards per carry after contact was his highest average since Week 12.  He gained 61 yards on four carries when running behind Joe Staley and Mike Iupati, 21 yards on eight carries on runs up the middle, and 17 yards on four carries on runs behind Alex Boone and Anthony Davis. 

Despite running 16 routes, Gore was not targeted for the second straight week. Gore was also kept in to block on 11 pass plays. He didn’t give up a single pressure.

Though he only had 10 total yards rushing, LaMichael James picked up 12 yards after contact.

Bernard Pierce lead all running backs Sunday with three broken tackles.

Ray Rice and Vontae Leach combined for seven targets in the pass game, they caught all seven.

Offensive Lines

Joe Staley and Alex Boone were not credited with any pressures allowed. Jonathan Goodwin, however, led all 49ers’ lineman with three. Anthony Davis was the only lineman to allow a sack.

Michael Oher lead all Balitmore linemen with four pressures, including one sack. Bryan McKinnie was credited with two sacks. Kelechi Osemele, Matt Birk, and Marshal Yanda had clean stat sheets.


Defensive Line

Isaac Sopoaga played 38 snaps. He managed just one tackle, one stop (defined as a play that causes the offense to fail), and one quarterback pressure.

Justin Smith registered one stop, the fewest since Week 14. He also didn’t force a single quarterback pressure, a first since Week 2 (he didn’t get a pressure in Week 15 against New England, but he also only played part of that game).

Ray McDonald pressured Flacco five times, recording one sack. Those five pressures were the most he’s registered since Week 12 (also in New Orleans). He also recorded two stops.

Haloti Ngata was largely held in check. He recorded no stops in the run game, and managed to pressure Kaepernick just twice.

DeAngelo Tyson and Arthur Jones both recorded stops in the run game. Pernell McPhee and Jones both recorded two pressures.


In 30 pass rush attempts, Aldon Smith managed just three pressures, one of which was a combined sack with Ray McDonald. In 29 attempts, Ahmad Brooks registered four total pressures. Brooks also recorded three stops in the running game.

NaVorro Bowman registered 2 pressures on four attempts and seven stops. Bowman was targeted six times in coverage, all of which went for catches.

Patrick Willis collected six stops and no pressures on seven attempts. Willis was targeted in coverage just once, which went for a catch of nine yards.

Paul Kruger recorded two sacks on 14 attempts, while Terrell Suggs recorded just one on 28 attempts. Courtney Upshaw did not record any pressures, but he did force a fumble.

Ray Lewis may have played the worst game of his career. He missed two tackles and gave up four catches for 73 yards on four targets.

Luckily for the Ravens, Dannell Ellerbe played one of his best games of the season, registering five stops. He was also not targeted despite being in coverage 28 times.


Chris Culliver was targeted nine times. He allowed four receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded two passes defensed and one missed tackle.

Donte Whitner was targeted six times. He allowed five receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Whitner also missed a tackle and failed to record a stop in the run game, despite lining up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage a game-high 12 times.

Carlos Rogers was targeted four times. He allowed three receptions for 31 yards.

Tarell Brown had one of his better games, allowing only three catches on five targets for 29 yards.

Dashon Goldson, too, had one of his better games. He recorded two stops in the run game and avoided a target in the pass game despite being in coverage 34 times.

Corey Graham was heavily targeted by the 49ers. They threw his way ten times, though he only allowed three catches for 66 yards, 42 of which were gained by Delanie Walker.

The 49ers also went after Bernard Pollard. He was targeted five times, allowing four receptions for 87 yards, most of which were gained by Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss.

Cary Williams was targeted four times, but he allowed only two catches for 49 yards. He also broke up two passes.

Jimmy Smith was targeted three times, allowing only one catch for six yards.

Special Teams

Of David Akers’ six kickoffs, only one was a touchback. Of Justin Tucker’s seven, four were touchbacks.

Andy Lee’s punts had an average distance of 53 yards and netted an average of 37 yards. Sam Koch’s punts averaged 47 yards with a 23-yard net average.