TheSan Francisco49ers have managed to repeat as one of those special teams in the postseason receiving a wild card round bye. This year they enter the NFL playoffs withSan Francisco49ers tickets for fans to enjoy a roster with the kind of offensive potential not available last season. Why? Well, the emergence of Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback has added a new dimension to the attack. Not only can he throw the football, but he is part of a new generation of quarterbacks who can gain the first down with their feet.
He replaced Alex Smith in Week 6. Smith had gone down with a concussion and Kaepernick entered as what was supposed to be just a temporary assignment. However, the second-year player from the University of Nevada responded by tearing apart the Chicago Bears and leading the 49ers to a win over the then-charging New Orleans Saints. He has not been perfect since, but he has made a big enough impact to bench with a 104.1 QB Rating.
Kaepernick is still developing as a consistent pocket passer, but he is picking up nearly 7 yards a carry as he figures out how to stay safe between the tackles and surpass 130 passing yards a game. Running back Frank Gore is happy for the distraction, as he has been among the NFL’s iron men since his second season in the league. When Kaepernick is passing the football, he is oftentimes finding wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree, now in his fourth year, has been able to establish himself as a one of the true number one options in the league. His 9 touchdowns, 85 receptions, and 1,105 yards are very much so impressive considering his quarterback’s continuing learning curve.
Coach Jim Harbaugh does not need to worry in the case Kaepernick gets himself in a little trouble. The S.F. 49ers defense allows the second fewest points in the league and plays the kind of defense that shuts down both the run and the pass. They could force a few more turnovers, but then the defense would perhaps rank among the best in the history of the NFL. Instead, the defensive unit may just be grgeat enough to land the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.