Colin Kaepernick sets single-game QB rushing record

Colin Kaepernick’s performance Saturday night was one for the ages.

During the 49ers’ Divisional Round contest against the Packers, Kaepernick set the NFL’s single-game rushing record for quarterbacks in any game.

Midway through the fourth quarter, with the Niners leading 38-24, the dynamic signal-caller had run for 179 yards, eclipsing Michael Vick’s previous mark (173).

Kaepernick also obliterated the postseason rushing yards record, formerly held by Vick (119).

The coup de grâce of Kaepernick’s outing came in the third quarter, when he broke off a highlight-reel 56-yard touchdown scamper, longest in NFL playoff history. It was an eye-popping run that completely shifted the game in San Fran’s favor.

As of this post, Kaepernick has totaled 263 yards and two touchdowns through the air, along with 183 yards and two scores on the ground. The 49ers’ 581-yard output is the most in franchise postseason history.

With the score now 45-24, San Francisco will advance to their second consecutive NFC Championship game under coach Jim Harbaugh.

They have Kaepernick’s wheels and Harbaugh’s smarts to thank for that.

Alex Smith, who?

(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Alberto Vasquez

    Was the comment on Alex Smith even necessary? This is an article on Kaepernick’s great night and a rip on Smith has no place here or anywhere. Alex Smith was doing great. Sure Kaepernick’s doing fantastic, but there’s no need to disrepect a quarterback whom many teams would love to have.

  • daryl

    If I’m not mistaken, the Niners set some kind of record in each game this season (and post season). Would be wonderful if someone could compile that list.

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