SAN FRANCISCO -- The Colin Kaepernick show had something for the quarterback's supporters and critics alike through two quarters of the San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
The pick-six Kaepernick threw on the 49ers' first possession set an ominous tone for the 49ers early. But coach Jim Harbaugh has repeatedly pointed to Kaepernick's ability to bounce back from bad things as one strength for the second-year quarterback.
Kaepernick has bounced back with a vengeance. He has two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree, a 20-yard rushing touchdown and 11 total carries for 107 yards as the 49ers have built a 24-21 halftime lead. That is dynamic play from the most critical position -- exactly what Harbaugh hoped to get in making the switch from Alex Smith during the regular season.
The 49ers have converted 7 of 10 chances on third down after converting 5 of 28 in two playoff games with Smith at quarterback last season. San Francisco has a 21:47 to 8:13 advantage in time of possession against the Packers. The 49ers hold a 313-152 lead in total yardage. They hold a 48-20 lead in offensive plays.
The 49ers can win this type of game as long as Kaepernick avoids mistakes in the second half.