The San Francisco 49ers needed a good performance out of Colin Kaepernick if they expected to beat the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday afternoon in their Week 14 game. In the previous two games, both in Seattle against the Seahawks, Kaepernick, like the rest of the offense, struggled to produce against a Seahawks’ defense that had made things extremely difficult for the 49ers’ offense. In beating the Seahawks 19-17, Kaepernick, while not having eye-catching numbers, played a good game in what was a winning effort.
The final stat line for Kaepernick reads as follows: he went 15-of-29 passing for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In addition, Kaepernick rushed the ball nine times for 31 yards. Kaepernick proved to be the necessary “game manager” that the 49ers needed on Sunday as he made the plays he needed to make when he was called upon, and while he did have one ill-advised throw which was intercepted, Kaepernick knew when to throw the ball away and live to fight another round.
The key plays that Kaepernick made during the game which factored into the 49ers 19-17 win were of him passing the ball and him running the football. Toward the end of the first half with the Seahawks leading 14-9, the 49ers were driving. They had a third-and-goal from the eight-yard line. Kaepernick dropped back and threw a perfectly-placed pass that was caught by Vernon Davis in the end zone for a touchdown to give the 49ers a 16-14 lead. This pass came at a time in the game where the 49ers needed to score a touchdown and turn momentum toward their side before the half.
In addition to the touchdown pass, Kaepernick had another well-thrown pass earlier in the drive as he threw a well-placed back shoulder pass that was caught by Anquan Boldin who was able to make the catch despite being interfered with by Richard Sherman. Kaepernick’s second big play of the game came on the 49ers’ game-winning drive as they faced a third-and-7 from the 15-yard line and they needed a first down to milk the clock, Kaepernick took the snap from a shotgun formation and ran a sweep to the left which saw him pick up eight yards and the first down.
It is very likely that the 49ers will need Kaepernick to produce a lot more if these two teams are to face-off again in the NFC Championship game like so many of us expect to happen. That said, at least last Sunday, Kaepernick showed when it was needed, he proved to be a competent game manager and when he had to make a key play, he was more than capable of doing so.