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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick Plays 'Houdini-like'

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Jim Harbaugh said Colin Kaepernick's mastered the art of escaping after San Francisco beat Tampa Bay.

Colin Kaepernick mastered the art of escape in last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jim Harbaugh called his performance “Houdini-like.”

Kaepernick is not going to perform any magic shows any time soon, but San Francisco’s signal-caller was able to get out of precarious situations several times in a 33-14 victory.

Harbaugh noted that Kaepernick contributed to 14 of the team’s 22 first downs in the road win. Kaepernick produced 11 first-down completions and added three first-down runs on the ground.

“The way he made them, getting out of the pocket, scrambling, buying time, extending plays,” Harbaugh began. “Even the four-yard gain to Bruce (Miller) that picked up a first down. The touchdown to Michael (Crabtree), where he extended the play, pump fake, pump fake... And then the throws he made running to his right. There were 30-yard lasers on the run.

“Just haven’t seen anybody ever do that.”

A fourth-quarter pocket escape from Kaepernick on a 10-plus minute drive brought out Harbaugh’s Harry Houdini comparison.

“I don’t think Harry Houdini was in tighter jams than what Colin was (Sunday) in some of those situations,” Harbaugh said.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com
wrote about Kaepernick’s play being “Super Bowl-ready.”

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com discussed Harbaugh's comments on wanting to bring back Phil Dawson and Donte Whitner.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined the game film from the 49ers recent road win.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com looked at where the 49ers rank in the NFL power rankings.

49ers.com shared the current playoff scenarios for Week 16.


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