In his playoff debut, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed the world and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that the young guns in the NFL are taking over. Kaepernick showed his full arsenal of skills that resulted in a record-setting performance and the Green Bay QB couldn’t keep up. He used his rifle arm to pick the Green Bay Packers apart from the pocket and his young speedy legs to break off large rushing yards.
Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and ran for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to wide receiver Michael Crabtree; Colin lead the 49ers back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 win over the Packers. Next up for the Niners: a game on Jan. 20 for a spot in the Super Bowl, against the winner of Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Falcons at Atlanta.
“It feels good. We’re one step closer to where we want to be,” Kaepernick said. “I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team.”
Kaepernick has joined Jay Cutler (2011) and Otto Graham (1954-55) as the only players with two rushing and two passing TDs in a playoff game. Colin also topped Michael Vick with the 56-yard run on an option play in the third quarter, which gave him 163 yards on 12 carries, also setting a franchise record for the post season.
With the sellout crowd at Candlestick Park waving red flags reading “Quest for Six” (for a sixth Super Bowl title), Kaepernick led the Niners past the first step toward that goal.