I’m not sure if anyone is still questioning the switch to Colin Kaepernick, but if those people do still exist, it’s probably because they didn’t watch this game. Kaepernick put on one hell of a show, and remember those comparisons to Vick? Well, he actually broke his rushing yards record for a quarterback.
The previous mark held by Michael Vick was 173 yards in 2002, and it was in a regular season game to boot. Kaepernick finished the day with 181 yards rushing, and 444 yards of total offense. If that weren’t enough, he also had 4 touchdowns on the day. Everybody knew the Packers were going to put up points in this game, the big question was would the Niners be able to keep up. Answer, yes. And then some.
It didn’t start off great for the 49ers and Kaepernick, though. On only his second throw of the game he was picked off by Sam Shields, and the Packers cornerback would take it 52 yards to the end zone. Showing his maturity, poise, and otherworldly ability to make plays though he would not be daunted by this one play. He was dominant from that point forward. He followed the pick 6 up with a 20 yard touchdown run on the very next drive. The Niners defense got a 3 and out on the next drive, and you started to get the feeling that this was their game to lose, and they had no such plans. Such focus, and execution after a potentially devastating play to start things for this team really speaks to the solid leadership throughout the entire organization. When the going got tough, the Niners got tougher.
The Packers weren’t going to let themselves be pushed around though. They stuck with the running game and got an 18 yard score from DuJuan Harris, who 2 months ago was selling cars in Jacksonville. Great story right? The 49ers just kept on coming though on offense. Kaepernick would connect with Michael Crabtree for 2 touchdowns, in 5 minutes and they would add a field goal with the clock expiring to take a 24-21 lead going into the half.
The second half was as lopsided in the 49ers favor, as the first was an even competitive game. They would get 2 rushing touchdowns, one from Anthony Dixon and one from Frank Gore and best of all hold the Packers to one field goal; save a non factor Greg Jennings touchdown with 0:55 left. Possibly his last with the Packers.
This game was even more lopsided than the score would indicate, and you have got to feel good about your team going forward if you’re a Niners fan as a result. They dominated in every phase of the game, and Colin Kaepernick proved he has what it takes to win in the playoffs. Better yet even, be dominant in the playoffs. There are just so many encouraging signs for the Niners, it really is hard to point any one out. Crabtree just keeps on rolling, Kaepernick nearly had 200 yards rushing, and Vernon Davis even made an appearance. If they can bully the Packers like this, you best believe they can handle the Falcons. Don’t want to jinx it, but this team seems destined for New Orleans.
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