Breaking Down Colin Kaepernick's Record-Setting Night
Kaepernick squashed any remaining questions about his viability as a starting quarterback and ended the debate between him and Alex Smith.
Now, Kaepernick and the 49ers can turn their attention toward the NFC Championship Game and their next opponent. But first we must examine how Kaepernick stole the show in this game.
Let's breakdown this record-breaking performance.
The Raw Numbers
17-of-31 passing for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception
14 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns
Kaepernick's night got off to a rough start, as he threw a pick-six that put San Francisco into an early hole.
However, it was all daisies and rose petals from that point on, as he proved to be every bit the dynamic weapon that Jim Harbaugh hoped he could be. It was clear that Green Bay did not have an answer for the Pistol formation, and not having played Kaepernick in Week 1 was detrimental.
Rarely did the Packers have a linebacker or defensive back ready to account for Kaepernick should he decide to scramble, and he did so often.
Arm strength, versatility, accuracy and smart decision making were on display all night.
Kaepernick had even broken an NFL record by the time the night was through. His rushing total was the most ever for a quarterback in a single game.
Any guesses as to who the previous record holder was?
The answer: Michael Vick.
And to think, Kaepernick not only took out Vick's record, but approached Eric Dickerson's single-game postseason rushing record (via SportsCenter):
Colin Kaepernick's 183 rush yards are the most for a QB in NFL history including BOTH playoff and regular season games (via Elias).— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2013
Oh, and there was of course a mention of Kaepernick's mobility advantage over Alex Smith (via ESPN Stats & Info):
Alex Smith this season: 31 carries for 132 yards and 0 TD in 10 games.Colin Kaepernick tonight: 12 carries for 163 yards and 2 TD.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2013
Kaepernick's Biggest Play
We now take a look at what was perhaps Kaepernick's most impressive play of the night.
San Francisco had loaded the offensive line to the left side out of the Pistol formation.
Kaepernick took the snap, read the defensive end and decided that keeping the ball on the read option was the best route to take.
He was clearly right, as Green Bay had no players on the right side of the field who could catch up to Kaepernick once he exploded past the line of scrimmage.
56 yards later and the quarterback had found the end zone. This was a theme throughout the night, as Kaepernick averaged 11.4 yards per carry.
What Are the Experts Saying?
Experts surrounding the NFL were at anything but a loss for words surrounding Kaepernick's performance.
From former players to analysts, to former players turned analysts, everyone shared their opinions of Kaepernick's performance via Twitter.
B/R's own Matt Miller made a comparison between Kaepernick and Vince Young, well, sort of...
Colin Kaepernick reminds me of everything Vince Young was supposed to be. And that's a compliment.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 13, 2013
ESPN's Trey Wingo noted Kaepernick's quick turnaround after throwing an early pick-six:
Most impressive thing about Kaepernick's day...is what he's done since the worst possible start. #mentallytough— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 13, 2013
Former player Mark Schlereth kept things sarcastic and simple:
If only Kaepernick were an athlete!Wow— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) January 13, 2013