All Hail Kaepernick

49ers new offensive genius (courtesy of USA Today)

Remember when Michael Vick used to be the most dynamic NFL quarterback because he could run? Or when people praised Aaron Rodgers for his spot-on accurate throws?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it appears as if the torch is being passed. Only this time there’s a quarterback who can combine both lightning-fast runs and laser-sharp passes: San Francisco’s rookie sensation, Colin Kaepernick.

After starting QB Alex Smith was injured earlier this season, coach Jim Harbaugh tapped Kaepernick to fill in until his superstar returned. Little did he know that he had just found another superstar among his team ranks.

Kaepernick had a few bumps along the way, but mostly he just shined. And the 49ers kept winning. Even after Smith returned from injury, Harbaugh kept his new discovery in the starting lineup, much to the chagrin of many fans. Of course, the general rule among NFL coaches is you ride a prize pony until it gives out and then make a change. Never step in the way of a hot streak, and that’s exactly what Kaepernick was on.

And that hot streak not only lasted for the rest of the regular season; it propelled the 49ers into the playoffs, a first-round bye and a home opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Not bad for a guy no one ever heard of, huh? Well, it doesn’t stop there.

In Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the aforementioned Packers, Kaepernick shined again. He had some people worried when he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in his first offensive series, but that’s basically where his mistakes ended.

By the time the smoke cleared, Kaepernick had completed 17 of 31 passes for 263, racked up 181 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns of 56 and 20 yards, respectively. Kaepernick also threw two touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree.

Harbaugh Sketch

And their other genius, coach Jim Harbaugh (Photo credit: Monica’s Dad)

As a team, the 49ers dropped almost 580 yards of offense on Green Bay and stomped them 45-31, securing their spot in the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons, who polished off the Seattle Seahawks 30-28 on Sunday afternoon.

Kaepernick even set an NFL quarterback record for rushing. It was a joy to behold for anyone watching.

So kudos to Kaepernick for one hell of a performance and for bringing a top-flight QB back to the Bay area. It’s been far too long.

And kudos to Coach Harbaugh, too. Sticking to his guns despite constant criticism, even from fans, just might end with the Lombardi trophy and a big “F you” to anyone who doubted him.

Let’s just hope he and his brother have to square off in the Super Bowl first. I’m sure that would set some kind of NFL record, too!

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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