So, Colin Kaepernick is in his second year now and he still struggles on occasion. Yesterday against the Houston Texans he was 6-15 for 107 yards in a deceptive stomping of the Texans. The 31 point margin of victory and 34 points scored is deceptive because they were out-gained in total yards and passing yards and had less time of possession (26:08) than did the Texans.
This game was really over by half time as San Francisco was up 21-0 by then and they had decided to run the ball. The 49ers limited time with the ball in the game (they ran 52 plays to Houston's 71) made it important for them to run the ball a lot which they did. They have Frank Gore and he's a decider when San Francisco gets a lead which they did.
On Houston's first possession and third offensive play Texan's quarterback Matt Schaub got picked off by the 49ers Tramaine Brock who returned the short pass for a touchdown. That, it turns out, was all the points the 49ers would need. Matt Schaub was picked off two more times against that incredibly tough defense. When San Francisco gets a lead (often because of the defense) they're hard to beat.
It's just run, run and run. San Francisco ran the ball 36 times for 177 yards. That's some good running.
Colin Kaepernick is young and Houston's pass defense is tough as well so he really didn't get much done at all offensively through the air. To win with just 15 pass attempts is unusual. It's atypical.
If the 49ers can get to the Super Bowl again this year it will be on the threat of Colin Kaepernick's ability to run unexpectedly. He looked raw yesterday.