Colin Kaepernick is about to show everyone on Sunday night that Jim Harbaugh made the right decision making him the starting quarterback over Alex Smith.
Although he has only started in nine total games, Kaepernick hasn’t had any problem with pressure up to this point. Even after throwing an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter of his first career playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, he simply shook it off and led his team to a win.
Now the pressure is on more than ever for the young quarterback out of Nevada. In just his second season, he is expected to keep the 49ers perfect in Super Bowl games. He is also following the legacies of both Joe Montana and Steve Young, two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
The 49ers may be playing a bit different than Montana and Young used to, as they will be doing a lot out of the pistol formation, including a lot of read-option plays.
This new play style is exactly the reason why Kaepernick will dominate the Ravens defense, and why he will likely win his first Super Bowl.
The Ravens only experience against this style of offense was against the Washington Redskins. They ended up losing in overtime, despite the injury to Robert Griffin III.
Kaepernick will use this read-option to his advantage, just like he has during the playoffs. The 49ers running game has been incredible during the playoffs, running for 472 yards in just two games. Kaepernick even broke a record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback with 181. While he only ran twice in the game against the Atlanta Falcons, his legs will be fresh for the big game, and he will likely torch the Ravens at least once.
Besides being a great runner, Kaepernick has also impressed a lot of people with the passing game. He has shown that he is able to learn from mistakes and has shown some terrific accuracy throughout the year. The numbers in the playoffs simply don’t lie; Kaepernick's passer rating is at 105.9, the second highest in the playoffs this year, behind Joe Flacco.
However, the Ravens have a pretty strong secondary that boasts Ed Reed and Cary Williams. Kaepernick will have to be careful when throwing in their directions, but with his running threat, he can likely make some big plays with the play action.
The Super Bowl is almost here, and Kaepernick is ready. If the 49ers end up winning, there are few players that are more deserving for the Super Bowl MVP award than him.