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Kaepernick Connects with Davis in Win

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Colin Kaepernick's touchdown throw to Davis was a key moment in the 49ers quarterback finishing the night on a strong note.

Colin Kaepernick’s performance in a 34-3 blowout win over the Houston Texans was solid in every aspect.

That was the assessment of Kaepernick’s coach, Jim Harbaugh.


“Everything was good,” Harbaugh said of his quarterback who completed a season-low six passes for 113 yards and one touchdown pass, a 64-yard strike to tight end Vernon Davis.

Kaepernick's five other completions went for a total of 49 yards. But it didn't exactly matter. Not when the 49ers defense recorded four takeaways and the offensive line was creating huge rushing lanes against Houston. San Francisco's passing game was never stressed and the 49ers were never behind in the game.

The touchdown throw to Davis was a key moment in the 49ers quarterback finishing the night on a strong note.

“He showed his athleticism,” Kaepernick said of Davis’ team-leading fourth touchdown catch of the season. “Vernon is someone when he hits it, and is full speed, there’s nobody who can catch him.”

The Davis touchdown was the highlight play for the 49ers quarterback. Instead of being overly flashy, Kaepernick was calculated with the football. He did not turn the ball over on “Sunday Night Football.” He was only sacked once and finished the game with an 89.0 passer rating.

“It’s another win,” the 49ers quarterback said. “Back on track.”

Kaepernick completed four passes on San Francisco’s first offensive scoring drive. He converted three, third-downs through the air to set up Frank Gore’s 1-yard touchdown plunge.

After the early production, Kaepernick’s aerial display went silent for the next two quarters. The 49ers quarterback did not complete another pass until a four-yard throw to fullback Bruce Miller early in the fourth quarter. On the very next play, Kaepernick launched a deep crossing route to Davis, who out-ran Texans safety Ed Reed for the 64-yard score.

Harbaugh noted that the offense wanted to correct some things with halftime adjustments, but the passing game took a backseat with San Francisco up 21-0 at the half.

“I’m sure we’ll find things to get better at,” Harbaugh said, before reiterating his satisfaction in Kaepernick’s performance against the Texans, the No. 1 defense in the NFL entering Week 5. “I thought his game was good… He executed extremely well.”

San Francisco had the ball for just 10:07 in the first half and finished the game with a time of possession of 26:08. The 49ers were outgained 313 to 284, but three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense allowed the home team to control the ball on the ground with 177 rushing yards. Frank Gore led the way with 81 yards on 17 carries.

Kaepernick didn’t mind the emphasis on the ground attack.

“We needed to get back to playing our style of football,” he said, “hard-nosed football.”

Harbaugh complimented his coaching staff for a solid game plan, including offensive coordinator Greg Roman for a well-designed plan of attack against Houston.

“Everyone stepped up and did their job,” Harbaugh said.

Kaepernick downplayed any thoughts about the offense losing confidence. The unit has provided 62 points over the last two weeks.

“I think this team is getting its confidence back,” he said.

So while the 49ers offensive production might be the topic of discussion after a small, but effective showing, Kaepernick was perfectly content with how the game played out.

“The results were on the scoreboard,” he said.


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