The San Francisco kid QB, Colin Kaepernick, rushed for 181 yards setting an NFL quarterback rushing record as the San Francisco 49ers crushed the Green Bay Packers, 45-31 Saturday night at Candlestick Park.
Kaepernick’s performance was simply eye-opening as he also threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
On his second TD run of 56 yards, Kaepernick looked like a combination of Gale Sayers and OJ Simpson galloping around right end, out-running the linebackers and defensive secondary, all of whom looked like they were running in slow motion compared to the gait of Kaepernick.
''I didn't know how fast he was,'' Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson said. ''Coming in I really never paid attention to it. But he is fast.''
With 11:52 left in the second quarter, C.J. Spillman recovered a Jeremy Ross muffed punt on the 4-yard line and Kaepernick, three plays later, hit Michael Crabtree for the game-tying score, 14-14.
Crabtree added another touchdown catch before the end of the quarter as the 49ers took control of the game.
''It feels good. We're one step closer to where we want to be. I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team.'' Kaepernick said.
Crabtree caught 9 passes for 119 yards and Frank Gore and Randy Moss 2 passes each for 45 and 44 yards respectively.
Frank Gore was the second leading rusher behind Kaepernick with 119 yards.
After a week of having been challenged in practice by Billy Cundiff for his job, David Akers hit on a 36-yard short field goal to end the first half for the 49ers.
The 49ers will be going to the NFC Championship game for the second straight year.
The eventual Super Bowl winners, NY Giants, beat the 49ers last year, 20-17, on a Candlestick Park rain-soaked field.
The 49ers are 13-3 at home in divisional playoff games.
San Francisco had 579 total yards compared to Green Bay’s 352.
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