Chalk up another win for backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick—this time on the road against Drew Brees and the once-mighty Saints. Let's say "good job" to Kap right now because most of the praise for the rest of this article will go right to that dirty, dirty defense.
You can call me grumpy, but Alex Smith is still the better quarterback. While I wish I could rant and rave on that topic, I'm going to enjoy the win and refer you to this brilliant article on the "controversy" instead of shelling out a billion words of my own.
Now, back to business: Aside from Kaepernick's nearly Smith-esque performance, big props go out to the defense, especially, and the coaching staff for a hard-fought win in New Orleans.
Here are the grades for the big Week 12 win: