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Kaepernick Has Career-Best Outings vs. Green Bay

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Colin Kaepernick's best single-game passing (412) and rushing (181) performances have come against the Packers.

Forgive Colin Kaepernick, he grew up a Green Bay Packers fan.

After all, San Francisco’s starting quarterback was born in Milwaukee, Wis. and lived there for the first four years of his life.

Coincidentally, the 49ers signal-caller has opened up his two postseason runs against his childhood favorites.

He’s posted his best single-game passing (412) and rushing (181) performances against the Packers, too.

Kaepernick is 2-0 against the Packers as a starting quarterback. He defeated Green Bay in the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs and again this season on Kickoff Weekend. The 181 yards on the ground came in the postseason. When Green Bay spent all offseason studying San Francisco's zone-read running attack, Kaepernick provided the 412 passing yards in a victory.

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Even so, Kaepernick has room in his heart for his home state. San Francisco’s third-year quarterback frequently visits Wisconsin to visit family members and has already handled all of his ticket requests for Sunday’s NFC Wild Card matchup at Lambeau Field.

It will also be Kaepernick’s first NFL start there.

Asked if it was a dream scenario, the 49ers quarterback wryly replied, “I don’t think my dream was to play in freezing weather, but to be in the playoffs and have this opportunity, yes, it’s part of the dream.”

Kaepernick has done his part to get San Francisco in position to make another run at a Super Bowl. He has been a key part of the team’s six-game winning streak and has posted a 108.6-or-better quarterback rating in five of those wins.

The pressure of leading the offense has been loosened in recent weeks with the return of Michael Crabtree and the emergence of Quinton Patton. Both play-makers have been utilized to compliment the season-long production of Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.

With Crabtree in particular, opponents have been putting their top cornerbacks against the fifth-year pro, allowing Boldin to take advantage on the other side of the field.

Last week in Arizona, Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson shadowed Crabtree, leaving Boldin against the Cardinals No. 2 cornerback Jerraud Powers. In his return to the desert, Boldin, a former Arizona draft pick, caught nine passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Crabtree's role in last week's win didn't go unnoticed. Kaepernick raved about the contributions from Crabtree and how it has helped the 49ers offense.

“He’s a huge threat,” Kaepernick said. “I think defenses are trying to do things to stop him now, which opens other people up.”

Kaepernick remains focused on getting the ball to his play-makers and not on recent weather reports. San Francisco’s dual-threat quarterback is blocking out the cold weather aspect of Sunday’s postseason matchup.

In college, Kaepernick played in 20-degree weather games and even windy matchups during his time at the University of Nevada.

“He’ll be fine,” Jim Harbaugh said of his young quarterback. “He’s played up in Reno. They had some cold weather games there, cold and windy.”

The focus this week will be on making another statement against the Packers in postseason play.

Kaepernick threw for 412 yards in a Week 1 victory this season and rushed for a single-game NFL record for a quarterback with a 181-yard rushing performance in the 2012 playoff meeting.

Both games were two of Kaepernick’s signature performances in his budding NFL career.

The 49ers quarterback had no explanation for why they’ve both come at the expense of his childhood team.

“Really can’t say why,” Kaepernick said. “It’s just worked out that way. We’ve played well when we’ve played against them.”


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