Colin Kaepernick Key to San Francisco 49ers' 4-Game Winning Streak

By Ryan Heckman
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Four weeks ago, the San Francisco 49ers were coming off of two straight losses to two very good NFC teams that surely will see them in the postseason. At 6-4, though, San Francisco was right in the thick of the wildcard race and that race was still wide open. In order to secure a spot, the 49ers would have to get hot at just the right time, and the time was at that very moment.

That’s exactly what San Francisco has done now, as they are riding four wins in a row with their most recent beat down over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensively, they’ve given up an average of 12.5 points per game. That’s been the start of something great for the Niners, as it’s difficult to lose when your defense performs so well.

But, there cannot be wins without points on the board. Colin Kaepernick had started off the season a bit inconsistent in comparison to his phenomenal 2012 year. But, over the course of the last four games, he’s been very solid.

Kaepernick has completed 68 of 110 passes for 888 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. Completing 62 percent of his passes, Kaepernick has been much more efficient in his decision making over the last four contests and has placed the ball well for the most part.

Having Michael Crabtree back recently has been quite a gift to Kaepernick and the offense, as it gives Vernon Davis even more freedom to make plays without the defenses locking in on him when it comes to the passing game. Anquan Boldin has also benefited from his return, after being the only wide receiver to consistently perform for his quarterback.

The fact that Kaepernick hasn’t ran as much as some may have liked to see from him this year is probably a good thing. Over this winning streak, Kaepernick has rushed for 110 yards on 29 carries — his most carries in a four game span since the opening weeks of the season.

Kaepernick has improved greatly this season, of course it’s come mainly in his recent victories, but he’s improved nonetheless. For the 49ers to do some damage in the playoffs, he’ll have to continue his consistent play. The defense doesn’t look to be slowing down, so this team will go as Kaepernick goes from here on out.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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