Will Colin Kaepernick Lead 49ers Over Ravens In the Super Bowl?


Jan 2013

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During the 2012 NFL regular season, second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick replaced veteran Alex Smith as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. Smith went down with a concussion in the unusual game resulting in a tie against the division rival St. Louis Rams. With Smith out for a few weeks with the concussion, Kaepernick began to flourish as the team’s starter under center. The young quarterback turned out to be the missing piece to the puzzle for the 49ers with a different style of play. Kaepernick was able to hurt opposing defenses with a mix of run and pass turning the 49ers’ offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL. Unfortunately for Smith, head coach Jim Harbaugh decided that Kaepernick gave the team the best chance to win on a weekly basis. Smith eventually was cleared to play, but was demoted to second string due to Kaepernick’s impressive play under center. As a result of the move by Harbaugh, the 49ers were able to win five out of the seven games started by the up-and-comer. Kaepernick’s ability to run with the best of the mobile quarterbacks in the league and throw as well if not better, San Francisco emerged as a legitimate Super Bowl title contender once again. With the NFC West division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs locked up, the 49ers headed into the postseason to face-off against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick put on a historic performance against the Packers rushing for an NFL record 181 yards while scoring four touchdowns with two on the ground and two through the air. After the win over the Packers, the doubters were convinced that Kaepernick is the real deal moving forward. Kaepernick ultimately led the 49ers to win over the Atlanta Falcons a week later in the NFC Championship and has now led the team to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, Feb. 3, the 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. With Kaepernick leading the 49ers to consecutive playoff wins, the consensus is San Francisco will win a third by getting the best of the Ravens, but doubts persist with Kaepernick’s inexperience in question heading towards the biggest sporting event of the year.

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