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Colin Kaepernick Posts Career High QB Rating

Posted Nov 26, 2013

The third-year quarterback posted a 134.5 quarterback rating, a regular season career high in 18 regular season starts.

LANDOVER, Md. – In Jim Harbaugh’s estimation, some people have baby deer skin while others have armadillo skin.

Colin Kaepernick has the latter.

The 49ers quarterback showed his moxie in a nationally televised 27-6 win over the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football.”


Kaepernick completed 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. The third-year quarterback also posted a 134.5 quarterback rating, a regular season career high in 18 regular season starts.

“This was a good step for us in the right direction,” Kaepernick said after helping the 49ers improve to 7-4 on the season and stay afoot in the NFC playoff race.

With Washington loading the box to stop Frank Gore, the onus was on Kaepernick and the passing game. The 49ers converted 12 of 15 first downs through the air. Kaepernick was also sacked twice in a game where Adam Snyder filled in for Pro Bowl left guard Mike Iupati.

Kaepernick showed his thick skin throughout Monday’s win.

San Francisco’s starting quarterback was criticized heavily after back-to-back losses, but he never lost the locker room or his coaching staff. Harbaugh commended Kaepernick for being focused and loose at the same time.

“He’s just got the ability to be both of those,” Harbaugh said. “What I saw was a perfect blend, exactly what was needed to be for his team.”

Kaepernick started red hot on Monday night.

He got things going with a few darts to Mario Manningham, then a 24-yard hookup with Anquan Boldin. It was followed on the very next play with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Boldin. Kaepernick also completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Boldin in the second half.

“He had the matchup he wanted with Anquan,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick’s first touchdown. “Great job of reading the coverage and throwing to the one-on-one.”

The touchdowns gave the 11-year veteran receiver a touchdown reception in four consecutive games against Washington and seven touchdowns in his past four games.

“We knew it was a game we had to have,” Boldin said.

Boldin led San Francisco’s No. 32 ranked passing attack with five catches for 94 yards and the two aforementioned scores. Boldin finished the night with an 18.8 yard average per reception.

Vernon Davis also got in on the act with a 40-yard reception and later in the second half by catching a 1-yard score on a well-designed red zone play-action fake. It was extra special for the Washington D.C. native.