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Colin Kaepernick was sacked three times by the Rams.
Colin Kaepernick did not have a good game against the Rams. He wasn't awful, but he did make some critical mistakes.
Kaepernick completed 21 of his 32 pass attempts for 208 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. These are very pedestrian stats.
The way the 49ers' defense was playing, the only way the Rams could beat them was if the 49ers gave away points. Unfortunately, the 49ers were in a very giving mood.
Kaepernick made a mistake in the third quarter with the 49ers ahead 7-0. Deep in San Francisco territory, Kaepernick was pressured aggressively by the Rams' pass rush. He ran in the end zone and threw the ball out of bounds.
He was called for intentional grounding and the Rams were awarded a safety and two points. In reality, Kaepernick's throw probably did cross the line-of-scrimmage and should not have been called grounding.
However, in that situation Kaepernick needs to make sure he throws it away properly so he does not leave it in the judgement of an official.
The 49ers and Kaepernick also gave the Rams their only touchdown on a botched pitch play. Deep in their own territory, the 49ers called for an option pitch to Ted Ginn who had lined up in the backfield. This was a risky play call at that point of the field, especially in the fourth quarter.
Kaepernick pitched it wildly and Ginn was unable to control the ball. He also failed to fall on it or swat it out of bounds as the Rams' Janoris Jenkins scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown.
Granted, this was a dumb play call, but the execution of the pitch by Kaepernick was terrible and gave the Rams their only touchdown of the game.
Late in regulation, Kaepernick scrambled for a nice gain deep into Rams territory, but inexplicably ran out of bounds stopping the clock and allowing the Rams to conserve their only remaining timeout.
Had Kaepernick slid or fell down on the field of play, the Rams would have called their final timeout and gotten the ball back with under a minute to play instead of 1:34. This was a mental blunder that played a huge role in the Rams' final drive.
In the overtime period, I noticed a couple of times when Kaepernick looked a bit rattled. The offense was out of sync and ultimately, that's his responsibility.
The Rams had studied the film on Kaepernick and they used a variety of blitz packages and coverages to keep him from being totally comfortable. The Rams also employed a two-deep zone for most of the game, which negated Kaepernick's ability to throw the ball deep and find anyone open.
Look for other teams to use a similar style of defense to try to keep Kaepernick off balance. He showed his inexperience at times and the three major mistakes he made were critical to the 49ers' loss.