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FIELD GOAL FOR NINERS BETTER THAN NOTHING

Sunday - 2/3/2013, 7:16pm  ET

San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) makes a 36-yard field goal against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)

The Associated Press

The San Francisco 49ers settled for a 36-yard field goal, cutting Baltimore's lead to 7-3, after Colin Kaepernick was sacked on third down.

Kaepernick and the Niners picked apart that stingy Baltimore defense on the drive, with Ray Lewis getting beat so badly on several plays it looked as if he'd already retired. A 24-yard catch by Vernon Davis put San Francisco at the Baltimore 8, and Kaepernick went deep to the end zone. But Michael Crabtree couldn't snag the ball, and it looked as if he might have tipped it, too, making it impossible for Randy Moss to grab, either.

Kaepernick was then sacked by Paul Kruger for a 10-yard loss, forcing them to kick the field goal. But David Akers, who has struggled all season, came through.

-- Nancy Armour -- http://twitter.com/nrarmour

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