Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/22/13
After failing to reach the Super Bowl in 2012, the San Francisco 49ers vouched to not only make it back to the NFC Championship game, but all the way to the Super Bowl.After quarterback Alex Smith went down with a concussion midway through the season, Colin Kaepernick took over the duties of starting quarterback.The NFL world as a whole was shocked when head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick over the most accurate quarterback at his time of injury, Alex Smith.Even more shocking, is how well Kaepernick performed as the starter. He jogged past the Packers in the Divisional round, and made the Atlanta Falcons look foolish at times in the NFC Championship.After a year full of ups and downs, the 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl.Here are five reasons they won't be going home without some shiny new rings on their fingers.
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