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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick and the Cardinals

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that he and quarterback Colin Kaepernick are focused on wins, not passing yards.

When your magazine-cover quarterback is 6-of-15 passing for 113 yards – 64 of them on a touchdown toss – questions are going to be asked. Never mind that your team won its game by 31 points.

This is the case after the 49ers blowout Week 5 win over the Houston Texans, and also as San Francisco prepares for its Week 6 matchup opposite the Arizona Cardinals.

“Quarterbacks aren’t going to throw for 500, 400 yards every single game,” Jim Harbaugh said on KNBR Tuesday morning. “Colin, us, we – we’re after the win.”

Harbaugh, Kaepernick and Co. are after another one on Sunday at Candlestick Park, where the 3-2 Cardinals visit on Sunday. The 49ers third-year signal-caller was 16-of-28 passing for 276 yards and two touchdowns in his last game against Arizona – the regular-season finale of 2012.

If the quarterback’s coach has his way, similar numbers will appear on the stat sheet as a result of winning, not independent of it.

The 49ers are 4-1 against the Cards since Harbaugh took the helm. Victory No. 5 – whether its piloted by Kaepernick or not – would undoubtedly be appreciated at The ‘Stick.

"It was a great atmosphere at Candlestick on Sunday night,” Harbaugh said of fan support at the Texans game. “Bring it this week. This is a big, big game -- division rival, both of us are 3-2 at this point. Don't wait until (the Seahawks game in) December. We could use it this week."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com focused on rookie Corey Lemonier and his early opportunity to contribute.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com provided an update on the team’s evolving wideout corps.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the role reversal involving Tramaine Brock.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News wrote that the 49ers seek more Brock-like successes.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com has the details on Ray McDonald’s not-so-serious injury.