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Kaepernick Undefeated in Road Playoff Games

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Colin Kaepernick is looking to improve his playoff road record to 4-0 with a win in Seattle.

All that matters is Sunday.

Colin Kaepernick has never lost a road playoff game as the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback. He's also 0-2 all-time in the regular season at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time in Sunday's NFC Championship game, something has to give.

In Kaepernick's mind, an 0-2 record in Seattle is what Jim Harbaugh would call, “erroneous, erroneous.”

Kaepernick threw a career-high three interceptions in a 29-3 loss to the Seahawks in Week 2. It wasn’t his finest showing, but Kaepernick has since rallied to lead his team back to the NFC title game for a second consecutive year.

In his two road appearances in Seattle, the noisiest venue in the NFL, Kaepernick has completed 32 of 64 passes for 371 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. The dual-threat signal-caller also has rushed the ball 16 times for 118 rushing yards and has no touchdown runs in those road appearances in the Pacific Northwest.

So how will those experiences factor into how Kaepernick performs against Seattle for the third time of 2013?

“Those games really don't matter at this point,” the 49ers quarterback said on Wednesday. “We're trying to win this game to get to where we want to be.”

Kaepernick’s outings in Seattle have not been fruitful just yet, but on the other hand, the 49ers quarterback can flip a switch in the playoffs.

Kaepernick is 3-1 in the postseason as a starting quarterback and has an .800 winning percentage. His winning percentage is tied for third best record among all quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era with a minimum of five starts.

“Big stage never seems to bother him,” Jim Harbaugh said of his young quarterback.

“He has that special ability that the great ones have to elevate their game in those situations.”

Kaepernick’s 3-0 road postseason record is the best mark by a starting quarterback in 49ers history. He also has one more road playoff win than Joe Montana (1-3), John Brodie (1-1), Steve Young (0-3) and Jeff Garcia (0-2) combined.

Although he’s only been teammates with Kaepernick for 18 games and counting, Anquan Boldin eloquently expressed what makes his quarterback successful in trying circumstances like the playoffs.

“He is confident in his abilities,” Boldin said of Kaepernick. “He doesn't waiver. Even when (reporters) say bad things about him, he's still confident about getting his job done. He comes out here, he works his butt off every day, one of the first guys here, last to leave.”

To a man, Kaepernick recognizes that the offense will need to produce early on Sunday and set the tone for a 60-minute battle.

The 49ers have fallen behind in both of his road losses against the Seahawks and Kaepernick doesn’t want to repeat the trend.

In addition, winning the turnover battle is a focus of the 49ers quarterback. In order to do his part, Kaepernick must be decisive and make smart decisions with the football.

“We do have to protect the football,” he said. “That's something that we haven't done very well up there. I think going into this game we have to make sure we do that so we can come out with a win.”

Kaepernick respects Seattle’s physical defense and understands they’ll present a major challenge on Sunday, but the 49ers quarterback wasn’t willing to credit Seattle’s home-field advantage.

The “12th Man” is not causing Kaepernick to lose sleep.

“We only have 11 on the field just like them.”


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