Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/13/13
Colin Kaepernick made Head Coach Jim Harbaugh look like a genius Saturday. Harbaugh stuck with Kaepernick as starting quarterback even after former starter Alex Smith returned from injury."It feels good. We're one step closer to where we want to be," Kaepernick said. "I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team." Harbaugh didn't doubt and now neither does anyone else.Kaepernick rewarded his coach and 49er fans with 444 yards, and four of the teams six touchdowns, en route to a 45-31 San Francisco victory over the Green Bay Packers in the Saturday divisional play-off game.Kaepernick set a single game rushing record by a quarterback with 181 yards and the 49er's set a post-season franchise record for yards with 579. He became just the third player in NFL history to rush and pass for two touchdowns each in  a playoff game, joining Jay Cutler and Otto Graham.He had 101 rushing yards in the first half alone.After his first pass was intercepted for a touchdown by Sam Shields, Kaepernick took over, helping set a post-season franchise record 579 yards for San Francisco.The 49ers had very few yards after contact. It was the making contact part Green Bay struggled with, allowing 16 plays of 15 yards or more, including the first four 49er touchdowns of 19, 18, 20, and 56 yards.After his first pass was intercepted for a touchdown by Sam Shields, Kaepernick took over, helping set a post-season franchise record 579 yards for San Francisco.After the interception San Francisco drove 80 yards on 8 plays ending with a Kaepernick 19-yard scramble on 3rd-down for the first of his four touchdowns.Green Bay took the lead back following a DuJuan Harris 18 yard touchdown run that capped a 7 play 80-yard drive.It looked like Green Bay might take control of the game until punt returner Jeremy Ross muffed a punt when he tried to run before he caught the punt. The ball went through his hands and was immediately recovered by San Francisco at the Green Bay 11-yard line.Facing 3rd-and-13 Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree with a perfect pass for the 14-14 tie.San Francisco scored the next touchdown following another Packer turnover. On 3rd-and-7 Aaron Rodgers, caused Packer fans to have a momentary flash back to the Brett Favre days, when he threw a ball up for grabs about 7 yards over the head of Jordy Nelson and Tarell Brown made an over-the-shoulder catch for the interception and returned it 39 yards to the Green Bay 48-yard line.Kaepernick hit Crabtree again, eight plays later, with another perfect throw on a deep 20-yard slant.And so the game went for Kaepernick. Dropping perfect passes into the hands of well covered receivers, running the read option to perfection.The humble Kaepernick didn't take all the credit. "Our offensive line did an amazing job today," Kaepernick said. "They shut everybody down inside. Our receivers, our tight ends, blocked great outside, and our running backs were running hard, so it made it easier on me."After Green Bay tied the game at the beginning of the second half on a Mason Crosby field goal, Kaepernick took the ball out of the belly of Frank Gore on a read option, and ran around right-end, untouched, for a 56-yard touchdown, and a 31-24 49er lead they would not relinquish.It was the last of Kaepernick's four touchdowns, two passing, two running, along the way to his record setting rushing performance.He completed the game 17-of-31 for 263 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, and a 94.7 passer rating. His 181 yards came on 16 carries.Michael Crabtree lead all receivers with 11 targets, catching 9 for 119 yards and two touchdowns. No other 49er caught more than two passes.Frank Gore added another 119 yards on 23 totes and one touchdown.Rodgers was 26-of-39 for 257 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, and a 91.5 passer rating.Harris totaled 53 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.James Jones lead Green Bay in receiving yards with 87 on four snags with a touchdown. Greg Jennings added six catches for 54 yards and a score.The two teams offense put up 931 yards and 76 points on two defenses that ranked in the top 12 in the NFL. Both teams that combined for 82 regular season sacks had just one each in this game.San Francisco dominated in every category including holding the ball for 38:01 and running 75 plays, holding Green Bay to just 21:59 time of possession and 56 offensive plays.San Francisco will play the winner of the Seattle-Atlanta game for the right to go the Super Bowl.
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