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Vernon Davis Puts up 180 Yards in Win

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Davis was the standout offensive player in San Francisco’s 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Vernon Davis has a nickname for his quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Davis, the standout offensive player in San Francisco’s 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals, shared his nickname at his postgame press conference.

Davis refers to his quarterback as, “Kappy.”

The 49ers tight end could get away with such a playful moniker on a day where he posted a single-game career-high 180 receiving yards.

“I call him ‘Kappy’ every day,” said a studious looking Davis, wearing a purple sweater, black reading glasses and purple and gray basketball shoes to match. “I don’t know if he likes it, but he has to accept it.”

Chances are Kaepernick is just fine with any nickname from Davis, the player who hauled in impressive 61- and 35-yard touchdown catches in the first half of Sunday’s win.

Davis caught a 26-yard pass from Kaepernick early in the first half, but the drive stalled when the 49ers quarterback was intercepted by Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell at Arizona’s half-yard line. The big play didn't lead to points, but it did set tone for Davis' long receptions against the Cardinals.

Later in the first half, the 49ers found their way into the end zone for a 61-yard deep score to Davis over the top of Arizona’s defense. The Cardinals jumped offsides on the play, allowing Kaepernick to take a deep shot to Davis.

Davis celebrated with his trademark basketball jump shot through the goal posts. The 49ers tight end also scored a 64-yard touchdown in last week’s win over the Houston Texans. With back-to-back 60-yard touchdown receptions, Davis became the first tight end in NFL history to record consecutive 60-yard touchdown catches since Cincinnati Bengals tight end Bob Trumpy accomplished the feat in 1969.

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Davis’ downfield ability is too good to ignore for the 49ers offense.

“We knew he’d be a mismatch, he always is,” Kaepernick said after a game where he completed 180 of his 252 passing yards to Davis.

“He came to play today,” Kaepernick added. "He did a great job out there."

Davis averaged 22.5 yards on his eight receptions. Six other players on San Francisco’s roster added up to eight receptions. Anquan Boldin posted three catches for 28 yards against the team that drafted him in 2003.

Davis had four catches that went for more than 26 yards, including a 28-yard sideline catch with reserve offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore lined out wide on his side of the field as a decoy.

“Vernon’s open most of the time,” Kaepernick said. "The more we get the ball in his hands, the more we let him use his speed, the better."

Even when offensive linemen are lined up outside of Davis, the 49ers tight end has found ways to get open.

Davis did it again to catch a 35-yard touchdown over Bell.

The Cardinals repeatedly stuffed the box with an extra safety and played man-to-man and Cover-0 on the perimeter. The 49ers were fine with the matchup, knowing Davis could beat those looks.

“That gave Vernon a chance to win make the big play,” Jim Harbaugh said. "Those were great plays he made, too."

Despite missing a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Davis is now second on the 49ers with 404 receiving yards. He leads the team with six touchdown catches, one more than he had in all of 2012.

Davis said he’s not yet at 100 percent from the hamstring injury that slowed him down in the opening weeks of the season.

The 49ers tight end, however, continues to use his receiver-like talent to boost San Francisco’s passing game.

“He uses those tools to his advantage,” Kaepernick said.

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