Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/23/12

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Alex Smith suffered a concussion and was taken out of the game in Week 10 versus the St. Louis Rams, which ended in a 24-24 tie. Backup QB Colin Kaepernick came into that game in relief duty and played decently, completing 11 of 17 for 117 YDS. He also rushed 8 times for 66 YDS and scored a touchdown. These are pretty good numbers considering that his previous work in this season were plays from a limited package specifically designed for him. So now let's fast forward to Week 11,  against a Chicago Bears team that is without their starting quarterback Jay Cutler. In " the Back-Up Bowl " , which pitted Kaepernick going up against journeyman Jason Campbell, you would have expected for this to be a tightly contested game; after all both teams are defensively sound and have decent running games.   You would think playing conservatively would be the better part of valour. What happened that night was shocking to everyone. Colin Kaepernick played a spectacular game. He played brilliantly 
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