For years, there was a certain quarterback that played for the Green Bay Packers ... his name rhymes with Jet Starve. I won't say his name because our benevolent dictator, Fooch, has forbidden the use of this name on Niners Nation. Anyway, this guy just ... had it in for the San Francisco 49ers.
He beat them. He beat them a lot and it was incredibly infuriating. But he's long gone (we think) and now we have Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick. Counting yesterday's thrilling victory over the Packers, Harbaugh now boasts a 4-0 record against them.
The 49ers have now beaten the Packers four times in two year, eliminating them from the playoffs twice in that same time span. Kaepernick was the quarterback for three of those games, and in all three, he was fantastic in his own way. On Sunday, he had a decent game throwing the football, with 16 completions on 30 attempts for 227 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception.
But where he really made a difference was on the ground: rushing the ball seven times for 98 yards. He didn't score on the ground, but on three of San Francisco's final four drives, he rushed for 16 yards on a first down, converted a 3rd-and-short with a 24-yard rush and converted a 3rd-and-long for 11 yards to extend the final drive.
That final drive, which also included a huge 17-yard pass to Michael Crabtree to convert for a first down, ended in a Phil Dawson field goal to seal the win for the 49ers. Picking up those extra yards and running out the clock were key factors on that drive. Kicking a field goal in those conditions ... Dawson certainly needed the best possible chance to make it happen.
Earlier this season, the 49ers took down the Packers in Week 1, but it wasn't due to Kaepernick's rushing ability. Kaepernick threw the ball very well, and didn't even run the read option very much at all, possibly due to Green Bay's talk of spending a large portion of the offseason preparing for said read option. Kaepernick only had 22 rushing yards, but completed 27 of 39 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Then, of course, we have the playoff game last season, where Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and had 16 carries for 181 rushing yards and two more touchdowns -- a record.
All told, Kaepernick has accounted for 301 rushing yards against the Packers in just three games. In total with rushing and passing yardage, Kaepernick ha put up 1,203 yards and eight touchdowns. This man has Green Bay's number and given that I don't think the Packers are going anywhere, there will be plenty more opportunities for him to increase those numbers.
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