Colin Kaepernick did more damage to the city of Green Bay than cholesterol. Kaepernick’s first playoff start quickly became a diaster as he threw a pick-six to cornerback Sam Shields. But after that early hiccup, he was able to gain composure and looked like a seasoned vet, leading the 49ers to a victory over the Packers 45-31.
Kaepernick controlled the game, as the 49ers had a time of possesion of 38 minutes, keeping Rodgers off the field and kept the Packers’ offense from establishing a consistent offensive attack.
Kaepernick’s performance last night was truly special. Breaking an NFL playoff record by rushing for 181 yards and also tacked on two touchdowns. He connected with Michael Crabtree for two more scores threw the air.
After this performance, the Smith versus Kaepernick debate can finally be put to bed. Jim Harbaugh has clearly made the right decision in starting Kaepernick. Nines’ nation is glad to finally have a versatile quarterback who they can continue to build their offense around.
Kaepernick threw for 263 yards, helping San Francisco accumulate a total of 579 yards (323 rushing). The young quarterback was the game changer the 49ers have been looking for, and if he can continue to perform like this in the playoffs, there’s no doubt they will make a Super Bowl appearance.
The 49ers’ defense foiled the Packers constantly. Rodgers was never able to get into a rhythm, and seemed flustered by the 49ers’ defense the entire night. He was 26-for-39, throwing for 257 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Kaepernick and the 49ers will head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the NFC Championship. Can Kaepernick shock the world again and perform when San Francisco needs it most? Will the ‘Quest for Six’ continue? Will Kaepernick need another performance like this to keep the Niners Super Bowl dreams alive?
All of these questions will be answered next weekend.