Colin Kaepernick didn't start the season as the 49ers No. 1 QB, but he'll be the man under center (or a couple yards behind center in the pistol) when San Francisco takes the field for Super Bowl XLVII. Kaepernick is just the latest in a long line of quarterbacks to start the season holding a clipboard and end it starting on the NFL's biggest stage. So how does the 49ers' second-year quarterback stack up with these other rags-to-riches stories? Click on the images below to rank the backup quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl.

Backup QBs to start Super Bowl

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

1971 Cowboys
Won full-time starting job from Craig Morton starting Week 8
Won Super Bowl VI vs. Dolphins

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

1974 Steelers
Replaced benched Joe Gilliam starting Week 7
Won Super Bowl IX vs. Vikings

Vince Ferragamo

Vince Ferragamo

1979 Rams
Replaced injured Pat Haden starting Week 12
Lost Super Bowl XIV vs. Steelers

Jim Plunkett

Jim Plunkett

1980 Raiders
Replaced injured Dan Pastorini starting Week 6
Won Super Bowl XV vs. Eagles

Doug Williams

Doug Williams

1987 Redskins
Named starter for playoffs after starting two regular-season games
Won Super Bowl XXII vs. Broncos

Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler

1990 Giants
Replaced injured Phil Simms starting Week 16
Won Super Bowl XXV vs. Bills

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner

1999 Rams
Replaced injured Trent Green following preseason finale
Won Super Bowl XXXIV vs. Titans

Trent Dilfer

Trent Dilfer

2000 Ravens
Replaced benched Tony Banks starting Week 9
Won Super Bowl XXXV vs. Giants

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

2001 Patriots
Replaced injured Drew Bledsoe starting Week 3
Won Super Bowl XXXVI vs. Rams

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

2012 49ers
Replaced injured Alex Smith starting Week 11
Faces Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII

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