A quarterback can only do so much if he does not have a good complement of weapons that he can throw. In the case of Colin Kaepernick, many of the criticisms of his play were unfair given that he only had two legitimate passing threats in Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin.
With the return of Michael Crabtree to action on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, Kaepernick showed that he can beat teams with his arm as his passing led the San Francisco 49ers to a 23-13 win that improves their record to 8-4.
Kaepernick threw for over 200 yards for the second consecutive week, the first time he has done that this season as he went 19-of-28 for 275 yards and one touchdown pass. In addition, Kaepernick did a fine job of being accurate with his passes and giving his receivers the opportunity to be able to pick up yardage after the catch.
It was clear from the very first throw of the game that Kaepernick was confident and that his passes would be caught when he threw it to more than just two passing options.
Whether it was a quick slant to Boldin, a roll out pass to Davis for a touchdown, or a well-thrown deep pass to Crabtree, Kaepernick looked and played like a quarterback who knew that he had a full complement of pass catchers and was going to go ahead and throw to all of them.
Even as the Rams challenged and dared him and the 49ers to throw on them downfield by having eight men inside the box, Kaepernick did not flinch and was able to either complete a big pass or force the Rams to commit a penalty because he was able to get the ball out and do so accurately.
With the 49ers coming up on a big game at home next Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, it was imperative that Kaepernick is able to show that he could beat teams with his passing ability. Against the Rams, he did just that.