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.