Since the San Francisco 49ers lost to the New Orleans Saints in Week 11, the play of one Colin Kaepernick has seen an upturn with the quarterback showing steady improvement, playing with confidence, and most importantly avoiding key and unnecessary turnovers. It has also been no coincidence that since that loss the 49ers now have a five-game winning streak after their dramatic 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night where Kaepernick again had a very good game in a winning effort.
In the first half of the game, it looked as if the 49ers offense was going to once again be the reason for a 49ers loss as they looked out of sync and receivers were dropping passes. Then in the second half everything turned around as both Kaepernick and the 49ers offense were operating at a high level. It all began with the first drive of the half as Kaepernick completed three big passes on the game-tying drive capping it off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. Not only did Kaepernick once again make some plays with his arm, but he made some plays with his legs by running the football as well.
On the drive that would see the 49ers take a 20-10 lead, Kaepernick would take off running and showing off his elusive speed for 22 yards early in the drive. He then capped off the drive by running and diving in for a four-yard touchdown. Once again, Kaepernick’s final stat line may not feature the eye-catching numbers many would like to see, but he again played a smart, efficient game. Kaepernick would go 13-of-21 for 197 yards passing with one passing touchdown while he also had six rushes for 51 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Just as important for Kaepernick was that he once again did not commit a turnover in the game, a big factor in a game that was close and ended up being decided by a major turnover. Once again, Kaepernick stepped up his play at the quarterback position after some struggles during the season in another 49ers win as they clinched a playoff berth.