Colin Kaepernick’s record-setting game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night should end all questions about Jim Harbaugh’s decision to make a midseason quarterback change for the 49ers.
The second-year quarterback from Nevada started off shaky in his first career playoff game by throwing a pick six to Packers cornerback Sam Shields on the team’s first possession, but he went nuts after that. Kaepernick broke two touchdown runs — one for 20 yards and the other for 56 — while setting an NFL quarterback record with 181 rushing yards in a game.
Kaepernick also threw the ball well. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Kaepernick used his rifle arm to fire passes when they needed to get there quickly, and he also showed off his touch like when he threw a perfect pass up the seam to Vernon Davis late in the game.
He is such a dynamic playmaker it’s clear he’s in a different class from Alex Smith.
Kaepernick became the 49ers’ startin...