Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith both played well in the Wild Card round, and only one quarterback advanced. It’s not as simple as that, as Smith was so good over the first three quarters that he sent announcer Mike Mayock into giggling fits. Kaepernick rarely does that, because we’ve already been trained to expect the best.
Kaepernick provided his best when the 49ers needed to come back from four points down, then again when the game was tied at 20-all. His passing statistics weren’t great on first glance, since completion percentage is looked at by some as more important than yards per attempt, but the 49ers converted on half their third down chances and went 1-for-1 on fourth down.
Kaepernick also won, sending the 49ers to the NFC Divisional Round with his seventh game-winning drive and his third postseason win in four tries. Kaepernick will be looking for a mega-extension after the season ends, and he got off to a great start.
Here’s my question for you all: how far will Kaepernick take his team this season?
The 49ers face a tough road — they’ll have to win in Carolina against a team that held Kaepernick’s team to just nine points in the regular season. If they prevail in Charlotte, they’ll probably have to go to Seattle.
Some people feel like Kaepernick, who rushed for 98 yards against Green Bay, is built for the postseason. Others are skeptical that a guy who completed less than 60% of his passes during the regular season can pass with the precision it’ll take to get the Super Bowl against two monster defenses (assuming the Seahawks win on Saturday).
What do you think? Are the 49ers headed back to the “BIG GAME,” or will their season end on Sunday or in two weeks?
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How far are the 49ers going this year? I know you’ve got opinions you’re dying to share, and instead of telling your significant other (who probably doesn’t care all that much) you can let thousands of football fans know how smart and clairvoyant you are. Sounds like a good deal, no?
Oh, and poor Alex. He really deserved better.
With a healthy receiving core (Boldin has been a tremendous addition) - I do not see how this offense can be stopped
When we played Seattle in Seattle...All they had to do was double Boldin and there were issues, but now we have Crabtree back and he is a big force on the team. Having receivers worth guarding will certainly open up the run game and holes for Kap to run through
I was a bit skeptical at first being that I always find a way to believe in my team...and Harbaugh got me on Alex...so of course I needed time to see what was going on
He is legit. Patrick Willis has not been the superstar on defense because NaVorro Bowman has. I get a little worried with our defense sometimes, but you can count on them to make a stop in the redzone...we have been lacking the turnovers against top teams, but I think that can turn around. We are one shutdown corner away from really being a defensive powerhouse against #1 WRs. I wonder if this is something we can address in the draft
Gore is a beast and comes up clutch when we need it most. I am a bit worried about the backups when it comes to ball security. Gore knows that risking an extra yard or two is not worth losing the ball over so he wraps it up with both hands/arms when contact occurs. I am excited to see what Lattimore will have to offer next year. I am not so certain that Hunter will be the RB 2 when he comes on the field. No easy injury to come back from either and I give major props to Jim for standing by his word and letting the guy heal up all year.
Not many jobs that let you take the bench all season and still pay you...especially when it is your first year. We are so loaded as a team we can afford to do that - very nice
I think we have what it takes. I am thrilled for the playoffs, but nervous at the same time - which is normal for us all
I get so intense...i love the intensity...the work ethic...Go niners!
Kaepernick is UNDEFEATED with Boldin, Crabtree, and Davis on the field. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
His only losses were when he had ONE legit receiving option. And as awesome as Boldin is, he's old, and certainly not fast. When you have one legit recieving option, he's pulling double and triple coverage, and than they sell out against the run.
People should be talking about how AMAZING his stats are considering his famine of options. Now that we have Boldin, Davis, Crabtree, and even Patton as legit options, AND the running game, look the fuck out.
#6 here we come.
With this team around him, he could take them to a SB victory but everyone on the team will have to play up to their capabilities.
Kap can take us to the Super Bowl. It will be tough but the Niners can beat anyone remaining.
Imagine this: Saints beat Seahawks. Indy makes it to the SB. Niners win it all, getting redemption on every team that beat them during the regular season. That would be sweet.
Kaepernick has already proven he CAN take this team to a Super Bowl. The defense is playing better this year, so we have as good a shot as any of the remaining teams. But it's foolhardy to think that Kaep will be able to run against Carolina or Seattle (assuming we get a game against them) like he did against Green Bay. So the question is: is Kaep's arm accurate enough to win a game on its own?
I think the answer is yes, with this caveat: like any quarterback, Kaep becomes less accurate and less effective when under pressure. The specialty of the Panthers and Seasucks is putting pressure on the quarterback. If we cannot run the ball effectively and keep the offense out of obvious passing downs, then I don't think our offense will be consistently effective against the defenses we are about to face. We could still win with great special teams play and turnovers from our defense, but it's going to be a tall order to go into Carolina and into Seattle and win those games back-to-back.
My spidey sense says that's a bridge too far. My fan sense says "Hell yeah, we can do this!" :)
Kap took us to the SuperBowl last year and he can do it again this year. With Crabtree back and our Defense playing out of their minds he will take us all the way to Lombardi #6!
As long as the team stays healthy, Kap can take us to the promise land. And harbaugh doesn't die of an aneurism on the sideline.
In a perfect world:
- 49ers get a revenge win on the Jaguars
- New Orleans plays over their heads, beat Seattle at home, Seahawks fans eat it
- 49ers win the (really!) last game in Candlestick, ending the Saints comeback season
- 49ers win the Super Bowl over Denver, putting to rest the rumors about HarBaalke wanting Peyton more than Kaepernick
What's actually going to happen:
- 49ers over Jags, then lose to the Seahawks in Seattle
KAEPERNICK will take the 49ers to the Super Bowl and disneyland.
Kap is like a basketball player who will take three-pointers, drive the ball and dunk, and make incredible passes and assists.
He offers so much as a quarterback that he gives defenses nightmares with screaming matches in the video room over missed assignments and ahem, missed tackles.
Lately with Green Bay, he has been giving them different looks the past 3 games - rushing for 186 yards, then throwing for 417 yards, then in the wild card game, coming up with a balanced attack with both the passing and rushing games. Exasperated the Packers, literally, particularly head coach McCarthy.
Now Crabtree is back, the 49er offense is more explosive - soon Roman or Fangio will be hired by another desperate team, so Kap knows with them still on board for the 49ers, he has to finish the race for the prize of the high calling of winning the Super Bowl.
At least his passing strikes and "20-foot long strides" would help the 49ers to all the way to the Super Bowl.
No doubts about it, BASG.
What we are seeing now (the playoffs) is a Kap that is less hesitant to take off...The regular season appeared was an extended training camp to get him to learn how to be an effective passer. Now that the post season is here, it's win however you can. Kap's ability to take the lane is critical for victory because we don't have a checkdown game. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kap be the leading rusher once again in CAR. If Kap can just increase his pocket awareness, he will be impossible to defend for years and years.
@NinersNation all the way baby. Faithfuls have faith in our QB. We won't say nothing less then all the way!
With that...i think they take it all the way. If they can get passed Seattle (if both of us win...) then our defense along with our power offense can win the SB.
Defense wins championships as long as you have an offense that can put up points
@coredumpI think you mean Panthers, not Jaguars.
@49ers fan lol how funny the score for the Niners was....49.
@BobbySabnani The lack of a check down game could be their undoing because that's what CK really needs at times since he has trouble reading progressions. That speaks to my frustration with the coaching and their problem coming up with schemes to fit the players and the situation rather than trying to fit players into their schemes...