Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kaepernick, 49ers run all over Packers
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Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback -- in any game, regular season or postseason -- with 181 to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Colin Kaepernick runs away from two Packers defenders on third-quarter TD run.
The 49ers gained 579 yards, the most in franchise playoff history, including 323 yards on the ground, the fourth-most by a team in a postseason game in the Super Bowl era. The 579 yards are the most the Packers have ever allowed in a postseason game.
The Packers couldn’t contain Kaepernick, who ran for 178 yards before being contacted (only three yards gained after contact). Kaepernick scrambled five times for 75 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, in the first half.
The Packers hadn’t allowed more than 132 rushing yards before contact to a TEAM in any game during the past four seasons.
Kaepernick also collected ran for 99 yards on zone-read option plays, including the game-winning 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter when several Packers over-committed to the running back.
His 99 option rushing yards are the most by any quarterback in a game during the past three seasons, and his 75 scramble yards are a personal career high.
Kaepernick ran for 102 yards and a touchdown out of the pistol formation, the most by a quarterback in the past three seasons. His 12.8 yards per rush was the highest by any rusher out of the pistol in the past five seasons (min. five attempts).
The 49ers ran a season-high 45 percent of their plays out of the pistol set, averaging 6.9 yards per play. Frank Gore ran 16 times for a season-high 87 yards out of such sets, tied for the third-most rushes in pistol sets by a player in the past three seasons.
Kaepernick also got it done through the air, throwing for 263 yards, and became the third player ever with multiple touchdown passes AND touchdown runs in the same playoff game.
He was 6-for-11 on passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield, including 3-for-3 and a 20-yard touchdown when targeting Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree, who has a touchdown catch in three of his past four games on such throws, has been utilized downfield much more in Kaepernick’s eight starts this season, compared with Alex Smith’s nine starts.
Kaepernick has completed nearly 54 percent of his throws at least 15 yards downfield this season (including postseason), which is second in the NFL (min. 50 attempts).
MOVING THE CHAINS
The 49ers converted eight of their 13 third-down chances (61.5 percent). Kaepernick was 5-for-7 passing for 90 yards and a touchdown on third down, and he scrambled three other times for 53 yards and a touchdown. Entering the game, San Francisco converted only 35.1 percent of its third-down opportunities this season, 25th in the league.
RODGERS STRUGGLES UNDER DURESS
The 49ers sent standard pressure against Aaron Rodgers on all but two of his dropbacks, and put him under duress or sacked him on 11 of his 43 dropbacks. Rodgers was limited to 2-for-9 passing for 13 yards on such attempts after recording a league-high 80.1 Total QBR (among qualified quarterbacks) in such situations during his first 17 games.