In the past seven games, Colin Kaepernick has led the 49ers to a 5-2 record and closed out their run as NFC West Champs and the No. 2 seed in the conference. But it’s a whole new ballgame now.
Heading into his first postseason action, Kaepernick will have a chance to show why Jim Harbaugh elected to make the quarterback switch to the young, athletic signal-caller in Week 11. Kaepernick has approached the 5 p.m. Saturday kickoff as business as usual, but realizes the magnitude of the NFC Championship bid that’s on the line.
Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group said it’s time to see if Harbaugh’s decision will pay off for the 49ers in earnest.
“Harbaugh pushed in all his chips this season with a midseason change of starting quarterbacks and, on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers, the coach finds out if lucky No. 7 comes up a winner,” Brown wrote. “That’s the jersey number of Colin Kaepernick, the boundlessly talented, minimally experienced quarterback who earned Harbaugh’s endorsement over the cautiously efficient Alex Smith.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate features all the latest links on the Packers matchup, Eddie DeBartolo’s bid for the Hall of Fame and the 49ers kicker situation.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times also examined Harbaugh’s decision to tap Kaepernick for the second half of the season.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com said to expect the unexpected on Saturday at The ‘Stick.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group wrote that 49ers players have extra incentive to add a Super Bowl to Randy Moss’ resume.
Pro Football Weekly named Mike Iupati, Andy Lee, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis to its All-NFL team.
NFL.com also named NaVorro Bowman, Anthony Davis, Dashon Goldson Iupati and Aldon Smith to its All-Pro team.
CSNBayArea.com noted the different San Francisco landmarks that will be lit in red and gold as the 49ers make their Quest for Six.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com broke down the upcoming 49ers-Packers matchup and what to watch for.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along comments from Donte Whitner regarding the strong practices of Justin Smith.
Branch also spoke to former NFL lineman Kevin Mawae about returning from a partial triceps tear.
Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group said Harbaugh was right in picking Akers over Billy Cundiff.
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle offered her take on the 49ers keeping Cundiff on the 53-man roster.
Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle examined Frank Gore’s role in the offense with Kaepernick.
John McTigue of ESPN.com took a statistical look at the 49ers-Packers and said there will a lot of quarterback pressure.
Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com shared comments from the Packers, who are aware of the tight end tandem of Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker.
49ers.com’s coverage included a look back at the five 49ers Super Bowl seasons, Harbaugh’s decision to pick David Akers, Bruce Miller’s preparation, Bowman’s thoughts on the defense and the scheduled game entertainment for Candlestick Park. We also brought you a Weekly Conversation with Carlos Rogers, Jim Harbaugh’s press conference (video / transcript) and Press Passes from Miller, Bowman and Alex Smith.
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