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Colin Kaepernick's electrifying play has once again validated coach Jim Harbaugh's brilliance.
It seems fitting that Jim Harbaugh’s decision to ride the hot hand of Colin Kaepernick would come in the same season that Carroll decided to gamble on Wilson. It is also fitting that Harbaugh would gain the bigger advantage, given he and Carroll’s long-standing rivalry, dating back to their days as head coaches at Stanford and USC, respectively.
The San Francisco 49ers have ridden Kapernick’s sensational play all the way to this weekend’s NFC Championship game. He may need to lead them to victory to fully justify the move, but to many, a win would just be the icing on the cake.
Kaepernick has made his fair share of mistakes that most would expect from a first-year starting quarterback. But last week, he looked like Cam Newton with turbo boosters as he shredded Green Bays defense for 444 total yards and four touchdowns in a 45-31 playoff victory.
The 49ers have a tough assignment heading into Atlanta, where they will face the top-seeded Falcons on Sunday. If they manage to make their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994, Kaepernick’s performance will be a big reason why.