(SAN FRANCISCO) — Colin Kaepernick continued to shine on Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoff round.
Kaepernick passed for 263 yards, ran for a quarterback-record 181 yards, rushed for two touchdowns, and threw two touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree the 49ers 45-31 win over the Packers to send them to the NFC Championship Game.
“It feels good. We’re one step closer to where we want to be,” Kaepernick said. “I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team.”
This was Kaepernick’s playoff debut and the kid wasn’t rattled at all, going up against the reigning MVP in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers finished 26 of 39 for 257 yards with two touchdowns, but was unable to get on a roll all night long.
“We felt like we gift-wrapped them 14 points off turnovers in the first half and our defense was playing all right,” Rodgers said. “And then we just didn’t get it done in the second half. I knew we were going to have to score some points. We knew we were going to have to put up at least 38 points.”
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh was impressed with the second-year quarterback’s poise after throwing an interception that led to a score by the Packers only four plays in.
“He does a great job of responding,” Harbaugh said. “He has done that any time there has been an interception he has thrown, a safety or a turnover, he’s responded with a scoring drive. That’s rare. I think that’s a rare quality. So far he’s shown that he’s got that ability to come back.”
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Jill Martin, CNN