The last time Colin Kaepernick threw for over 200 yards in a game came during the San Francisco 49ers‘ Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals in which he threw for 232 yards with two touchdown passes. On Monday night against the Washington Redskins, Colin Kaepernick once again broke through the 200 yard passing mark as he threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers easily beat the Redskins 27-6 to improve to 7-4.
It was clear from early on in the game that the 49ers’ offense, and in particular head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, made a clear and concerted effort to get Kaepernick and the passing attack in rhythm early on in the game. In the first two drives of the game the 49ers showed some inability to sustain drives, but Kaepernick was able to get into a good passing rhythm that would pay dividends on the 49ers’ third offensive possession. There the QB connected on three passes, the last two going to Anquan Boldin who showed he is even open when tightly covered and connected on a 19-yard touchdown.
Aside from one ill-advised pass, Kaepernick was able to make the throws to Boldin and Vernon Davis which he was able to make when the 49ers had a five-game winning streak earlier in the season. In particular, Kaepernick was able to connect on some downfield passes to Boldin and Davis off of roll outs and play action passes which allowed him and the 49ers to look much better passing the ball on Monday night.
Entering Monday’s game against the Redskins, Kaepernick was much maligned for his performances when not all of his issues and troubles were of his doing. Against the Redskins on Monday night, Kaepernick showed that with the right play-calling and with his two main receivers making catches he can succeed and his growing pains can be minimized. Just as importantly, the 49ers’ passing attack for the first time in a while shined and played a big role in their win.