The San Francisco 49ers have had a bit of a hectic season so far. From a couple of heartbreaking losses to a few easy wins, we’ve seen almost all of it. Right now, however, the Niners seem to be back on track.
Having won four straight games, they’re looking like a playoff team again. The loss of Aldon Smith (who?) hasn’t been affecting their mindsets or their play. Injuries may have dampened their spirits a bit, but they are out there giving it all that they got. It’s showing.
Either they’re working really hard, or they’re just playing crummy teams. We would all like to think that the former is true because each NFL game carries a lot of weight, and one cannot just assume a victory. Even if you’re playing the Jaguars.
Not much of this success can be attributed to the offense, but how has Colin Kaepernick played so far? In one week, fans went from cursing him, to praising him. He has really turned his game around, even if he’s not having a big night statistically.
How can we rank the seven games of the year in terms of Kapernicks’ play?
1. Week 1: Niners vs Packers:
This game could have been one of the best for Kaepernick of his career. In an (almost) decisive home victory, the Niners silenced the Green Bay Packers and were able to claim the victory in the first game of the season. In this contest, Kaepernick was 27/39, threw for 412 passing yards, with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
If you ask me, this is one of the best games that he’s ever had. Fortunately for he and the Niners, they were able to grab the win and set the tone for the season. Sure, the win was followed by two depressing losses, but the Niners have focused on the positives from each game.
2. Week 6: Niners vs Cardinals:
Playing Carson Palmer’s Cardinals, Kaepernick really knew what he was doing. The defense for each team started out impenetrable, but once he found Vernon Davis on almost every drive, it was non-existant. Kap saw the field clearly and was able to hit Davis on every long pass he through. With 252 yards and 16/29 completions, he was able to dazzle Niner fans once again, proving that he still has offensive capability. He threw for two touchdown passes and just one interception.
3. Week 4: Niners vs Rams:
In this particular game, Kap really got his team out of some trouble. They were on a two game skid, losing to two of the best NFL teams. Of course, that’s not how everyone else sees it. When you look at the standings, it doesn’t say which teams lost and which won. He was able to get his team out of a funk when he beat the Rams.
He may have only thrown for 167 passing yards, but he did complete 15/23 pass attempts, throwing two touchdown passes and no interceptions. This game was instrumental for the Niners because it started their mini winning streak against the Titans and the Texans. From 1-2, his team has moved to 5-2.