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Colin Kaepernick Solid in Blowout Win

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Colin Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to wideout Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis in the 49ers drubbing of the Rams on Thursday night.

ST. LOUIS – A short week was just what the doctor ordered.

Colin Kaepernick didn’t over-think his approach to the three days of preparation. Instead, he got back to his play-making ways in San Francisco’s 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

The 49ers quarterback played with swagger. He played like he’d been known for making big plays before. And because of his confident and calculated play, the 49ers (2-2, 1-1) beat the Rams (1-3, 1-1) with ease.
 
“He was focused,” leading wide receiver Anquan Boldin said of his quarterback. “He came in ready to play. We all wanted to get that taste out of our mouths.”

Boldin led the way with five catches for 90 yards. The 11-year veteran got the 49ers on scoreboard first, scoring on a 20-yard catch and run that included a tight-rope walk along the visitor’s sideline from inside the 5-yard line.

San Francisco went on to dominate the line of scrimmage with a power running game and Kaepernick capitalized with solid reads in the passing game.

“Kap was seeing the field and delivering the ball. He played with great poise,” Jim Harbaugh said of Kaepernick, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 167 yards and two touchdown passes to finish with a 115.7 quarterback rating.

The 49ers are 6-0 when Kaepernick's QB rating is above 100.

Kaepernick committed four turnovers between Weeks 2 and 3, but he secured the football in the lopsided win over St. Louis.

“We knew we had to win,” the 49ers quarterback said with a stern look. “It’s a big win for us. It’s a divisional win.”

San Francisco started slow out the gates but picked up the offensive precision in the second quarter. The execution of the 49ers offense was a big talking point heading into Thursday night’s game and the players backed it up in the second quarter trailing, 3-0.

Frank Gore ran the ball six times for 83 yards in the second quarter. And on the first scoring drive capped by Boldin’s touchdown, Kaepernick was 6-of-7 for 93 yards.

Kaepernick added a 12-yard touchdown pass to his other favorite target, tight end Vernon Davis, who returned to action after nursing a hamstring injury in Week 3.

“Vernon was being Vernon,” Kaepernick said of Davis’ team-leading third touchdown grab of the season. “He made a play.”

The 49ers offense milked the clock the rest of the way and survived a fourth-quarter injury scare from starting left tackle Joe Staley. The blindside protector appeared to injure his leg on a third-down run play with the game well in hand. 

Fortunately for the 49ers, Staley appeared to be fine after the game and was even a good sport when his teammates were ribbing him about his dramatic initial reaction to the injury.

"We dodged a bullet there," Harbaugh said of Staley's injury.

Kaepernick, too, had a smile on his face when the topic was brought up during his press conference.

“That’s just part of the game,” Kaepernick said with a grin.

San Francisco’s quarterback finished the night by personally handing his red sideline cap to a young boy in the stands. 

Kaepernick’s demeanor was tested with the pre-game build-up, but the mature signal-caller handled it all in stride and stayed consistent with his on-field approach.

With Patrick Willis sidelined for the game, Kaepernick even led the team’s pre-game speech at the 50-yard line.

“He was really locked in and focused all week,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick.


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