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Jets play role in rise of Kaepernick

It started at MetLife Stadium, where Niners QB scored his first NFL touchdown

Updated: January 31, 2013, 10:17 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Four months ago, on a warm and partly cloudy day at MetLife Stadium, two seasons took dramatic turns.

The New York Jets suffered their worst beating of the year, 34-0 to the San Francisco 49ers, and lost Santonio Holmes to a season-ending foot injury. The game was so one-sided that 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers accused the Jets of quitting.

For the 49ers, it was a day of discovery. Out of nowhere came Colin Kaepernick, fast and smooth and so poised. He ran through the ...

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