- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Seriously, our discussion centered around Kaepernick's role in Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. In a best-case scenario, Mike acknowledged, Kaepernick will give the San Francisco 49ers a better chance than former starter Alex Smith to keep pace if the Packers' offense makes this game a shootout.
The Packers' defense could draw into question the judgment of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh if it shuts down Kaepernick -- who admittedly has played well since ascending into the starting lineup -- and advances to the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers made this move knowing Kaepernick would need to perform like a postseason veteran in order to reach the Super Bowl.
The quarterback shift was one of the boldest moves of the NFL season, a topic we addressed in our Nov. 7 podcast and then circled back on Wednesday as well.