Hey Niner Fam, we made it! Now lets hope we WIN it. QUEST FOR SIX. Also, I’m sorry I haven’t been able to write much lately, but I’ve been extremely busy with my job (that actually pays me, I wish being a full time fan would pay me) but next season I will try to get more articles written for our family to read! Thanks!
By now, every Superbowl storyline has been used and abused. I myself am writing this article with the hopes that nobody else has thought about it. Deep down inside, I know it’s been written somewhere on the internet.
It’s been almost two full NFL seasons since Kaepernick’s NFL preseason debut. On August 12th of 2011, Kaepernick was sacked (4) times, and went (9-for-19 for 117 yards and 2 interceptions, not to mention 47 rushing yards on 6 attempts and 2 fumbles.) The Saints blitzed an absurd amount for a pre-season game, and in return, Kaepernick’s played poorly. He wasn’t to blame. He didn’t even have a full off-season to learn the playbook, and even less time to prepare for NFL defenses. That day, that game, must have left a mark on Kaepernick.
On November 11 2012, Kaepernick, who had taken over the reigns of the offense for an injured Alex Smith, returned to the dome to face Drew Brees and a red hot Saints team. Kaepernick went 16 of 25 for 231 yards, a touchdown and a pic, in a 31-21 49ers victory. For most people, defeating the home team that embarrassed them in their house, would be enough to get that chip off their shoulders. Not for Kaepernick. Kaepernick needed to show the world that he can play, and at a very high level. He can read defenses. He can run the ball, and throw it better.
In the Divisional Round against Green Bay, Kaepernick showed the world that he can run. His record setting 181 rushing yards are the most by any quarterback in any NFL game. If that isn’t enough, Kaepernick showed he can also throw the ball by coming back from a 17 point deficit in Atlanta. Those who doubted him, quieted down along with the Falcon’s home crowd.
So how does someone who doesn’t settle, come full circle? If you ask most NFL Players, making it to the Superbowl would be enough to make anybody settling. Kaepernick is only one game away from being a Superbowl Champion. Something tells me, he won’t settle for less.