Dashing for an NFL-record 181 rushing yards, Colin Kaepernick quickly rose to fame in last season’s Divisional Round playoff win over the Packers.
As the Niners’ dynamic quarterback explained, that contest was over before the clock even ran out.
Reflecting back on the game for a profile by Peter King of TheMMQB.com, Kaepernick revealed that he witnessed Packers’ defenders growing frustrated and ultimately turning on each other.
“It got to a point,” he says, “where we could hear [the Packers’ defenders] arguing while we were in our huddle. ‘You’re supposed to do this,’ or ‘You have to do this, then the other.’ At that point, our offense was like, It’s over. As soon as you start turning on your teammates, you’re not going to be productive. You know you have them in the palm of your hands.”
Ironically, Kaepernick is currently dealing with frustrations of his own, stemming from the 49ers’ Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.
If your memory needs refreshing, Kaepernick’s last pass of the game, intended for Michael Crabtree, was ruled incomplete, despite Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith initiating an awful lot of contact. Some have said that Smith should’ve been flagged for pass interference.
Kaepernick is holding his tongue — for the most part.
“I’m not going to comment on it, but you’re asking the question for a reason,” Kaepernick said. “Still not really over it. It feels like something was stolen.”
The lesson here, Kaep? You win some, you lose some.
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