2013 NFL Playoffs: Colin Kaepernick Makes Jim Harbaugh Look Like a Genius

By Michael Collins
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The questions were shouted at San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh loud and clear a few weeks ago.

Why would you bench Alex Smith when he’s playing so well?

Why would you disrupt the rhythm of a team that is leading the pack in the NFC?

Why did you pick an essentially unknown kid out of Nevada anyway?

Why would you start a guy who’s had nearly zero experience over the veteran QB that took you to the NFC Championship game last year and had you in first place this year?

Why, why, why, why, why?

Everyone was questioning the sanity of Harbaugh for sitting Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick. Tonight, Kaepernick not only quieted those questions, but he made Harbaugh look like an unadulterated genius.

Kaepernick ran for 181 yards, setting an NFL record for a QB (surpassing Michael Vick), and threw for another 256 yards, making Colin the Conqueror a veritable one-man show for the 49ers.

Early on it looked like playoff jitters were going to be the order of the day for Kaepernick as he threw a pick-six on San Francisco’s opening possession, but from that point on the kid was unstoppable, and outshone reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers.

After slicing and dicing the Packers defense like a human Ginsu, Kapernick now gets to await an NFC Championship game with either the Seattle Seahawks or Atlanta Falcons.

I’m sure for both those teams there will be more “Why” questions coming, like….

Why couldn’t Clay Matthews have given Kaepernick an injury that lasted for at least one week?

Why do I have to chase a 6’5, 230 pound guy that runs a 4.5-forty?

Why couldn’t Alex Smith hire Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly?

Why are we thinking we’d rather face Aaron Rodgers?

Yep, Jim Harbaugh now looks like a genius, so it will take either the Seahawks or Falcons to make him look like a dope.


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook


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