Originally Posted by Dave Robertson
So could they have called for a fair catch on the free kick and had a play from scrimmage? The announcers mentioned it, but then they ran it back. I don't know what the rule is.
kickoff (or "free kick" after a safety) the clock doesn't start until after the catch; or @ all on a fair catch. SF would have had the 4 seconds left, but Sam Koch's punt was to about their 25. Kaepernick has a good arm, but couldn't have reached the endzone with a Hail Mary from (80 yards away, including the distance behind the line he'd have thrown from).
Its good that Ray Lewis retired, as he's a shadow of his former greatness, and couldn't run down anybody. And his team could have used its former "RB by committee" of Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and occassionally FB LeRon McClain to grind out some long drives in the 2nd half. Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin was fantastic, pulling in anything Flacco got near him; he's sort of like a Tight End (in terms of strength) playing Wide Receiver.