What surprised me in this 49ers vs Packers game wasn’t that there were plenty of points scored, it was just that it was San Francisco that managed to do it. Green Bay seemed to have the advantage in that regard, with Aaron Rodgers and roster still brimming with Super Bowl winners.
But it was the young upstart that changed the face of this game. Colin Kaepernick was simply too much for the Packers defense. he recovered quite nicely from an early interception, showing poise and an unbeatable attitude. Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and added another pair of scores with his legs. His 181 yards was a playoff record and included a touchdown run of 56 yards that was a thing of beauty and caught the Green bay defense flat footed.
Having watched Kaepernick for most of the season now, it’s pretty obvious what Jim Harbough saw in the kid and he’s to be commended for taking the dangerous step of pulling Alex Smith, who was leading the NFL in completion percentage at the time, and inserting a youngster with raw talent into his lineup.
Pairing Kaepernick with the San Francisco defense has pretty much rejuvenated this 49ers squad. So also, has the memories of last season’s near miss in the playoffs. San Francisco is dangerous right now and either Atlanta or Seattle is going to have a tough time with this team.