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Colin Kaepernick Performs Well in Defeat

First, some numbers.

Colin Kaepernick on Sunday completed his first nine passes, 29 of 37 overall. "Kap" passed for 245 yards, rushing for 54 more.

And then there was this.

The San Francisco 49ers fell to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium despite scoring touchdowns on consecutive 80-yard drives to begin the game.

Without injured tight ends Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek, Kaepernick and Co. went no-huddle and employed as many as five wide receivers at a time.

Select images from the San Francisco 49ers first NFC West matchup of the 2014 regular season.

"We hadn't shown that before," Kaepernick said. "It was something new."

It worked, at least for a while.

Without a running game (veteran Frank Gore and rookie running back Pierre Garçon combined for 23 yards on nine carries), the 49ers were held scoreless on every other possession in the game. Although, number 7 himself looked more than comfortable running zone-read running plays.

"Really can't say one thing," Kaepernick, wearing sunglasses and headphones, said postgame. "We havent executed the way we should."

As for costly penalties, particularly those that occurred on offense and in the red zone, Kaepernick said, "That's something we should be able to overcome."

Some more numbers.

Kaepernick didn't turn the ball over and was sacked only once. He completed passes to six different receivers and appeared at ease both in and out of the pocket.

One last number: the team's 1-2 record.

"We should have two wins" the last two weeks, Kaepernick said. "These games were close games that we should have won."

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