When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scampered 56 yards for a touchdown on Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers, it not only put his team ahead for good, but cemented one of the best all-round displays by a first time playoff quarterback.
Nothing seems to faze Kaepernick. He plays with tremendous confidence. So much so that the early setback of an interception ran back for a score, on only the second play of the game, failed to take the wind out of his sails.
Instead what we witnessed after was something that we have become more used to seeing from more accomplished players in his position. The fact that outdueled Tom Brady earlier in the season is testament to his play, and on this wild night in the Bay Area he again rose to the occasion and beat another established playcaller, Aaron Rodgers.
This game was always going to be test of the young QB. His first playoff start. The pressure of carrying the Niners legacy on his shoulders. Having to again justify his coaches’ decision to put him in the game, over the more experienced Alex Smith.