444 Yards For Kaepernick Eleminates Packers From Playoffs

Colin KaepernickNow we know why 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh went with untried second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick even after first string quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to return to action after a concussion suffered earlier in the season.  Kaepernick came in at quarterback in Week 10 and one week later, on Monday Night Football, dazzled the nation with his jerky run throw offense which revitalized the San Francisco and started them on the road to the playoffs.

That decision was justified once more in the NFC divisional game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.  It was the new kid on the block verses the raining MVP Quarterback, Aaron Rogers at Candlestick Park.  Kaepernick picked the Packers apart from the pocket and then scrambled outside for some of the most remarkable running seeing by a quarterback in a long time.

The Packers and the 49ers started off trading scores and running up the score to a 21-21 tie near the end of the first half before 49ers kicker David Akers kicked a 36 yard field goal to give San Francisco a 3 point lead (24-21) at half time.

49er Quarterback Colin Kaepernick put on a running seminar for young and old alike rushing for over 100 yards in the first half and finishing the game with 263 yards passing (17-321) and a total of 181 yards rushing on 16 attempts.  That’s over 11 yards per carry folks…..for a quarterback.. .. this guy can really run!

181 yards rushing broke the playoffs rushing record for a quarterback……and there have been a lot of great names going for that mark.

In this game, which was only his eighth NFL start, Kaepernick had runs for touchdowns of 20 & 56 yards, from the huddle!  He passed for two more TD’s to Michael Crabtree, back to back, in the second quarter.

In a post game interview, Colin Kaepernick told the press, “It feels good.  We’re one step closer to where we want to be. I feel like I had a lot to prove.  A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team.”  Well Colin, not anymore!

So, Aaron Rogers and the Packers go home to Green Bay and the 49ers will host the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, again at Candlestick Park, on Sunday for the NFC Championship.

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