As a lifelong 49ers fan, I eat and breathe this team. Alex Smith after the playoff run last year was everybody’s guy including mine. Everybody fell over themselves after that Bears win when Kaepernick took over for Smith, as did I. However, I wasn’t completely onboard with a permanent QB change-until now.
Before, I appreciated the tools Kaepernick displayed. He showed off the running/scrambling ability, the arm, and the gun down the field. He threaded the needle on passes, and he had enough zip on the ball to take that chance where Smith hadn’t. BUT, he still has his problems changing the plays at the line of scrimmage, the brutal lateral, the mishandling under center. Is this guy PLAYOFF ready? That was the main concern. Could he win the big game, despite all of the elements? Last night, he did. Cold, rain, Brady, Patriots heavily favored with them coming back to miraculously tie, he did it. Despite the growing pains, he’s not going to lose the game for you, and he, as many have said, he never gets rattled. We watched Brady spike the ball when a timeout was given to the 49ers defense. Kaepernick is cool under any setting, no matter the circumstance. That’s what I needed to see last night to make sure that this guy can go all the way.