Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/13/13

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Good: Colin KaepernickKaepernick terrorized the Green Bay Packers all night long with a dizzying array of scrambles and lethal throws from the pocket.  He shook off an early interception that was returned for a touchdown by Sam Shields to set league and team records en route to a 45-31 shellacking of the Packers.  He made plays and throws that Alex Smith could not even dream of making while displaying the mental toughness to further validated Jim Harbaugh’s decision to continue starting him after Smith recovered from his concussion.Kaepernick finished 17-31 for 263 yards, a gaudy 8.5 yards per attempt, and two touchdowns with another 181 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.Since becoming the starter, he has connected with Michael Crabtree in ways Smith never could.  In the most critical game of the year, Crabtree hauled in 9 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns from Kaepernick.Perhaps the greatest indicator of just how much of an upgrade Kaepernick is over Smith is third ...
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