49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown run in the third quarter.
You know what they say: If you don’t want them to do something, stop them.
The side story of the San Francisco 49ers' 23-10 victory against the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional round came when Kaepernick scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter, staking the 49ers to a 20-10 lead. Kaepernick mimicked Newton's “Superman” jersey pulling and then Kaepernick did his trademark bicep kiss.
After the game, Kaepernick said it was “just a little shout out.” Kaepernick wasn’t the only 49er to do it. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman did the “Superman” move after a fourth-quarter sack of Newton.
When asked about Kaepernick’s actions, Newton said: "It’s not the first nor the last time somebody does that."
Players do this type of stuff all the time. Plenty of San Francisco's foes mimic Kaepernick's bicep kiss.
It’s just a silly little gesture. Newton and the Panthers should be upset about being controlled at home, not a benign motion.