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5 Reasons Why San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is Better Prepared to Win it All in 2014

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5 Reasons Why Colin Kaepernick is Better Prepared to Win it All in 2014

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On Nov. 19, 2012, quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his first career start for the San Francisco 49ers. Then, Kaepernick was just playing for an injured Alex Smith – until head coach Jim Harbaugh gave Kaepernick the starting job throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Kaepernick went on to the Super Bowl but just fell short to the Baltimore Ravens.

In his second season as the starter, Kaepernick seems more prepared to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to San Francisco. He has earned the nickname “Kaep-tain Clutch” by the fans, and that proved to be true last Sunday with the Wild Card victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Kaepernick and the 49ers have earned a rematch with the Carolina Panthers next Sunday in Charlotte. These two teams squared off in Week 10 of the regular season in a battle that was decided by one point (10-9).

The defending NFC Champions have the best running game of the teams remaining to go along with big weapons on the receiving end. Also, the 49ers' quest for their sixth Super Bowl would require being able to play in the elements of the cold weather. Which again, Kaepernick proved he could do. “We have a good bad-weather quarterback,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “I think we’ve established that.”

The following are five reasons why Colin Kaepernick is more capable of winning the Super Bowl this year.

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5. Running Game

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The San Francisco 49ers have the best running attack of the remaining teams in the playoffs. The 49ers averaged 137.6 yards a game running the ball during the regular season. The 49ers ran for 167 yards against the Packers last Sunday. The wise ones know that to win football games in January you must be able to run the football.

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4. Leadership

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Kaepernick has stepped into a leadership role now that he has had time to get set as the starting quarterback. And as a result, Kaepernick has become the unquestioned face of the franchise.

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3. Jim Harbaugh

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Head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL. Harbaugh helped form Andrew Luck, who is now a great leader for the Indianapolis Colts, and Alex Smith, who before Harbaugh helped transform him was considered a bust. Now Harbaugh has had his hands on the young Kaepernick.

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2. Receiving Threats

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With wide receiver Michael Crabtree back into the mix, the 49ers have perhaps the best receiving corps in the NFC. With the help of Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis, Kaepernick has some versatile and talented receivers to get the ball to.

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1. Talent

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Since being drafted into the league, Kaepernick has proven he has talent. However, he is showing his talent while fighting with heart all at the same time. Kaepernick's 21 touchdowns to just eight interceptions along with his 500-plus rushing yards in 2013 show just how versatile and effective the 26-year-old quarterback can be.