Sometimes all you need is a chance. 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick got his on Monday night against the Bears and played like a veteran starter, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a convincing 32-7 win. Coach Jim Harbaugh says the team will "go with the hot hand" next Sunday against the Saints, but followed that up by saying he has two quarterbacks with hot hands. Hedging his bets some?
Before Kaepernick's magic, Alex Smith was completing 70 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.
A star is born?
How much can you decipher from one game when that one game is on Monday Night Football against a top-five defense?
He said what?
Harbaugh knows a thing or two about having a hot-handed quarterback, having coached No. 1 pick Andrew Luck at Stanford.