We’ve all heard the saying “you win as a team and you lose as a team”, and it’s especially true in football. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick feels like he let his team down in Super Bowl XLVII, and blamed the loss on himself after the game.
He told CSNBayArea.com, “I feel like I made too many mistakes for us to win.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Kaepernick did struggle early, which included an overthrown pass that was intercepted, but overall Kaepernick played a great game. He threw for over 300 yards in the Super Bowl, and ran for quarterback record 62-yards, in the biggest game of the season, so it’s hard to blame Kaepernick for the loss. Yet that’s how Kaepernick feels and it should make 49ers fans proud.
However, besides the one mistake Kaepernick did make, it’s hard to see why he’s blaming himself. He made more than a few big throws and some of his receivers dropped perfect passes, so there should be plenty of blame to go around. It started with the way the 49ers defense played in giving up 27 points, and Kaepernick’s coaches should be included in the blame game because of their awful play-calling on the Niners’ last possession. Not allowing their best play maker, Kaepernick, make a play at the end of the game is inexcusable.
Kaepernick is wrong to shoulder the blame for the loss but in doing so, he has become a leader for the 49ers. There were plenty of other factors that contributed to the Baltimore Ravens winning the Super Bowl, and Kaepernick’s shoulders should not carry all the blame.
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