San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick’s 4th Quarter Turnovers Were Costly
Coming into the NFC Championship game, there were a number of focal points and factors that could determine who would win between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. One of those focal points was which quarterback would not necessarily play a great game but which one would do a better job of not committing the key mistake/turnover. In what ended up being a 23-17 win by the Seahawks, it was Colin Kaepernick who committed the most mistakes.
While Kaepernick had done a relatively good job of protecting the football up until the fourth quarter, he began and showed some carelessness with protecting the football as the 49ers found themselves for the majority of the period and then eventually lost the game. Kaepernick’s first turnover, which was a fumble on a strip sack play by Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, showed how Kaepernick was carelessness with the football in a situation where he was clearly unaware of pressure coming from his right side.
Even after this turnover, which did not result in a Seahawks score, Kaepernick found himself with a chance to lead the 49ers down the field on a scoring drive to either tie it or go ahead on the scoreboard. On the first play of the drive, Kaepernick dropped back and was intercepted by Cam Chancellor. This interception resulted and came about as Kaepernick did not do a good job of reading coverage and for assuming that Chancellor was not going to jump in front of Anquan Boldin on that particular pass play.
Despite all this, the 49ers still had a chance to win the game and Kaepernick did a fine job of marching the team down the field down to the Seahawks 18 yard line and then on a 1st-and-10 play, Kaepernick would commit his third and most costly turnover of the period. On this play which resulted in a Richard Sherman interception, Kaepernick threw into the end zone and underthrew Michael Crabtree on a pass play where the margin of error is real thin. While many different plays and factors can be signaled out as to why the 49ers lost, Kaepernick’s three fourth-quarter turnovers loom extremely large and costly in a defeat.