Five starts into his career in the National Football League, Colin Kaepernick can now say he has received NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The San Francisco 49ers second-year signal-caller took home the Week 15 award Tuesday morning after his impressive four touchdown passes in a 41-34 road win over the New England Patriots.
Kaepernick’s four touchdown scores were not only a career-high, but it put him along with two future Hall of Famers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, as the only quarterbacks with four-plus touchdowns in the history Gillette Stadium.
It’s the fourth time in franchise history that two 49ers quarterbacks have won the POTW honors in the same year. Alex Smith won the honor in Week 8 of the regular season, Kaepernick took home the award seven weeks later after making his fifth start for the 49ers.
Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young both won the weekly honor in the 1988 and 90 seasons, and Young and Steve Bono both received the award in 1991.
Kaepernick’s 4-1 start to his quarterback career is quite remarkable. It looks like #kaepernicking isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
More on Kaepernick’s Week 15 honor:
- Kaepernick threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the 49ers’ 41-34 win at New England. He joined TOM BRADY and PEYTON MANNING as the only QBs to throw four touchdown passes in a game at Gillette Stadium.
- He threw for 216 yards with a 107.7 passer rating and added 28 rushing yards.
- The 49ers, led by Kaepernick, snapped New England’s 20-game home winning streak in December, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots’ last December home loss was December 22, 2002. San Francisco also ended New England’s 13-game December winning streak, tied for the second-longest streak in league history.
- The 49ers scored 41 points against New England, the most the Patriots have allowed since 2005 (October 2, 2005 vs. San Diego).
- In the fourth quarter, after New England scored 28 unanswered points to tie the game at 31, Kaepernick gave San Francisco the lead 18 seconds later by throwing a 38-yard touchdown pass to MICHAEL CRABTREE.
- In his second season from Nevada, this is Kaepernick’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the second 49ers quarterback to be honored this season (ALEX SMITH, Week 8). This is the fourth time in franchise history two different quarterbacks were named Offensive Player of the Week in the same season: 1988 (Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA and STEVE YOUNG), 1990 (Montana and Young) and 1991 (Young and STEVE BONO).
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