Sunday afternoon, the 49ers took yet another leap ahead of the Packers in the quest for NFC supremacy. Twice last year the Packers fell to Kaepernick and his 49ers; once on opening weekend and another coming in the playoffs. Similarly to last year, the season opened just as planned.
This time around, though, Kaepernick made sure he was taken seriously as a pocket passer. While absolutely obliterating the Packers defense with over 180 yards rushing last year in their matchup during the postseason, Kaepernick decided to play a bit more reserved in their recent matchup.
I’d say he did just fine, too. Kaepernick finished 27 of 39 for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. He only ran the ball for 22 yards on seven carries — a much different output from last year, but the Niners will take it.
Kaepernick and his new number one target Anquan Boldin ripped the Packers’ defense to pieces on Sunday. Boldin hauled in 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, doing basically whatever he wanted on the field. Boldin showed off his ability to run after the catch while making some savvy moves in the open field, shedding tackles and extending for extra yardage.
If Kaepernick is to continue any success like he had on Sunday, he’ll depend heavily on the likes of Boldin and his tight end Vernon Davis, who grabbed two touchdowns of his own with nearly 100 yards receiving on Sunday. Kaepernick is proving time and again he is the real deal, even despite having a thin wide receiver corps. He makes plays, it’s that simple.
Look for the Niners and Kaepernick to continue this trend of staying in the pocket more often than not as he gets to be a smarter player week by week. Kaepernick can throw the ball, folks. He’s no longer just one of those running quarterbacks. The kid is a legitimate gun slinger.