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Stats: 21-of-32, 208 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions; nine carries, 84 yards, one fumble lost
"Alex Smith would've won that game," cried many of the 49er Faithful.
Although we'll never know if that hypothetical statement is true, what we do know is Kaepernick had his worst performance of his young career in St. Louis.
He only averaged 6.5 yards per attempt and took three sacks. Still, he played smart football (the safety was a blown call, blame him if you will), not turning the ball over until late in the fourth quarter.
Kaepernick's errant pitch with three minutes to go in the game essentially gave the Rams a free touchdown. If there's any consolation for 49ers fans, it's a correctable issue for the coaches: Don't make Kaepernick throw left-handed pitches, especially late in games.
The positive from this game was that Kaepernick bounced back and led the 49ers on a drive that resulted in a go-ahead field goal. Had Delanie Walker not dropped a pass in the end zone three plays before the field goal, Kaepernick would've likely been a hero.
In overtime, the second-year signal-caller got the 49ers set up for a potential game-winning field goal. Akers missed the 51-yarder, and Kaepernick never got another chance as the Rams kicked a field goal and won 16-13.
In summary, Kaepernick had a mediocre game that was highlighted by one abysmal play. Yet, I left this game feeling confident in him, considering he led two potential game-winning drives after the biggest gaffe in his NFL career.