He did it again. Colin Kaepernick did it yet again — he beat the Green Bay Packers for the second time this season and for the second straight year in the playoffs. The San Francisco 49ers appear invincible against Green Bay just as long as Kaepernick is under center. In a very close game throughout, the 49ers came away with a wildcard win on the leg of kicker Phil Dawson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired.
The Packers’ defense knew what they were getting into. Kaepernick ran for nearly 200 yards a year ago against the Packers in the playoffs, and once again he used his legs to make big plays on Sunday. Kaepernick finished the game with 98 yards rushing on just seven carries including double-digit runs of 11, 24 and 42 yards.
Kaepernick’s ability to shred the Packers’ defense at will proves that defensive coordinator Dom Capers did not do a good enough job preparing for this contest. The Packers couldn’t stop the run to begin with, but the plays that Kaepernick made Sunday night proved an enormous weakness within the group. Sure, injuries played a part in the Packers’ season defensively. But, Capers has consistently made bad play calls and has not been able to get the most out of a rather talented group featuring playmakers like A.J. Hawk and Tramon Williams.
Capers failed to get a stop on the 49ers in the last four minutes of the game, leading up to the final game-winning field goal and not allowing Aaron Rodgers back on the field for one more drive. One of the biggest knocks on Capers Sunday was how often he rushed four against a quarterback like Kaepernick, and the fact that he didn’t use a spy. Capers basically begged for Kaepernick to beat the Packers — and he did.
There are countless Packer fans out there who have been screaming for Capers to be fired for quite some time. In fact, there was even a Twitter account created with the title, “Fire Dom Capers.” Many fans know that their defense has been horrendous for three straight seasons and believe it is time for a change.
To put it generously, Capers needs to go. The fans are right. It is time for Green Bay to move on and find a guy that can get the defense up to par and doesn’t rely on Rodgers to save the day. Capers should be on his way out after this season, plain and simple.