In the final weeks of the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers wisely hid the quarterback running element of the “Pistol” offense. Colin Kaepernick didn’t leave the pocket often on designed-runs, but unleashed the quarterback scrambles against Green Bay to the tune of 181 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback in any NFL game. Ever.
Do the 49ers have more weapons to unleash this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons with a Super Bowl appearance on the line? CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco believes Vernon Davis is the one that fits the bill.
“After the victory over the Packers, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman pointed out that the 49ers like to keep their ace card hidden until they need it,” Maiocco wrote in a Friday mailbag offering. “This would appear to be the time for Davis to emerge.”
Davis hauled in a 44-yard pass against the Packers last week on a perfectly thrown touch pass from Kaepernick. The 49ers tight end ran by A.J. Hawk’s coverage to make the over-the-shoulder reception.
Could that happen against the Falcons in the NFC title game? It’s certainly possible. Seahawks tight end Zach Miller caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in last week’s Divisional Playoff defeat.
Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle shared a series of photos from Kaepernick’s past.
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle believes the 49ers current offense would suit Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.
Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News shared Frank Gore’s comments on adapting to the “Pistol” offense.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News looked at the 49ers matchup against Atlanta’s offensive weaponry.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News examined the tackling techniques of the 49ers defense.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared the comments of Atlanta’s defense on the keys to defending Kaepernick.
Sam Good of TDDaily.com previewed the NFC title game with a major assist from an Atlanta-based rapper with ties to the 49ers.
49ers.com looked at Jim Harbaugh’s latest motivational message, Frank Gore’s toughness and smarts, plus featured Kaepernick’s efforts in changing the expectations of a quarterback in the NFL.
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