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Colin Kaepernick takes NFC offensive player of the week

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Plenty of people were surprised when 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh decided to change horses in the middle of the season and switch to Colin Kaepernick as his starting quarterback, but there’s less disbelief about his choice right now.

Kaepernick has been named the NFC offensive player of the week after becoming the third quarterback in history to throw four touchdown passes at Gilette Stadium in Sunday night’s 41-34 win against the Patriots. In doing so, he outdueled another member of that club in Tom Brady.

Kaepernick was 14-of-25 for 216 yards overall in the game, which saw the 49ers roar to a 31-3 lead before giving it all back to the Patriots. On the 49ers’ first offensive play after the Patriots tied the game, Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree with a pass that the receiver was able to turn into a 38-yard touchdown that put the 49ers back in front for good.

There were an impressive list of candidates in the NFC this week, including Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson and Russell Wilson. Kaepernick took home the honor by continuing to make Harbaugh’s move look like one of the smartest of the year.

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39 Responses to “Colin Kaepernick takes NFC offensive player of the week”
  1. yelix says: Dec 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    I like Alex Smith, but the 49ers offense is way more explosive with Kaepernick under center. Hopefully he can cut down on mistakes in time for the playoffs.

  2. tennis22drew says: Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    How many times did Smith win this award?

  3. 2ruefan says: Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    Kaepernick looks to be a tremendous athlete, good guy and likely a very good QB for years to come.

    But I just have a sneaking suspicion that his inexperience will ultimately bite them in the playoffs (assuming they make it)

    Those small things (like too little touch or arc on passses) and trying to force things tend to be accentuated when you’re playing another very good team that has had plenty of time to scout you.

    Anyway.. will be interesting to watch… he seems like a star on the rise.

  4. lilrob10201 says: Dec 19, 2012 10:58 AM

    I thought this would have gone to Russell Wilsonl,but well deserved by Kaepernick.

  5. mathomp3 says: Dec 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    He is fun to watch, looking forward to seeing him come to Seattle next weekend. Our defense isn’t as soft as the Patriots’ is and the Seattle crowd will be fired up. Should be a good game!

  6. r0bry4n1sf4t says: Dec 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    Quarterbacks throw for 4 touchdowns all the time. This is a passing league. AP ran for over 200 yards. That doesn’t happen very often. How does he not win the award?

  7. pftisterrible says: Dec 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    I find it odd that he was named offensive player of the week after fumbling four snaps in the game

  8. skinsfan28 says: Dec 19, 2012 11:10 AM

    Kirk Cousins was robbed for at least not being nominated. Kid balled in his debut!

  9. supremekingz says: Dec 19, 2012 11:14 AM

    tennis22drew says:
    Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM
    How many times did Smith win this award?
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    Alex Smith just won the same exact award on Halloween, genius

  10. sactomkiii says: Dec 19, 2012 11:15 AM

    re: tennis22drew says:
    Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM
    How many times did Smith win this award?

    once… the last game he started and finished in fact.

  11. ninerdynasty says: Dec 19, 2012 11:21 AM

    supremekingz says: Dec 19, 2012 11:14 AM

    tennis22drew says:
    Dec 19, 2012 10:54 AM
    How many times did Smith win this award?
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    Alex Smith just won the same exact award on Halloween, genius
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    You’re missing the point.. I think he was trying to say that Smith has been the starter for 7 years and so far only 1 award.. CK7 did it in his 4th game.

  12. norcalmafia says: Dec 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    Who cares about Alex Smith dudes done with the Niners..We wont have to talk about him again untill next year when hes starting for the Cards or Jets.Its obvious Haurbagh made the right choice here.

  13. norcalmafia says: Dec 19, 2012 11:23 AM

    So it took Alex seven years to win it once and it took Kap 5 games…..

  14. billb49 says: Dec 19, 2012 11:27 AM

    Nothing rattled him in Foxborough – not the weather, the slippery snaps, the crowd, the Patriots.

    He’ll be fine in Seattle.

  15. kane337 says: Dec 19, 2012 11:30 AM

    The other players considered were more deserving of the award in my opinion. Kaep played well but was not the best last week.

  16. sb44champs says: Dec 19, 2012 11:33 AM

    Hopefully the Niners fall on their arrogant faces!!

  17. spfinne says: Dec 19, 2012 11:35 AM

    2ruefan….. you should check the standings once in a while. the 49ers clinched a playoff spot by beating the patriots last week so I think we can safely say they will make the playoffs

  18. goldrush36 says: Dec 19, 2012 11:39 AM

    @2ruefan they have already clinched a guaranteed playoff spot. There is no IF they make it

  19. JackAcid says: Dec 19, 2012 11:40 AM

    r0bry4n1sf4t says:
    Dec 19, 2012 11:06 AM
    Quarterbacks throw for 4 touchdowns all the time. This is a passing league. AP ran for over 200 yards. That doesn’t happen very often. How does he not win the award?

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    True except for Gillette Stadium. The only other QBs to ever thorw 4+ TDs there are some dudes named Brady and P. Manning.

  20. umainebearman says: Dec 19, 2012 11:44 AM

    Congrats on winning a meaningless award wjhile playing against one of the leages worst defenses. Bravo!

  21. gochargersgo says: Dec 19, 2012 11:45 AM

    He also fumbled 4 snaps

  22. nolahxc says: Dec 19, 2012 12:00 PM

    How was Adrian Peterson not up for this? Dude rushed for over a tenth of a mile.

  23. blacknole08 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:15 PM

    Congrats to him, but hopefully the comparisons of this kid to Brady will stop soon. Brady had some bad games and a few comebacks in 2001, plus he took over in the 2nd game of that season. He also outdeuled Peyton Manning TWICE in a four week span that season. Brady also took over a team that won 5 games in 2000. With Drew Bledsoe. So they really came out of nowhere that season.

    Kaepernick had been playing spordically until Week 10, and he started his first game in November. His teams have had the lead or the defense has made plays to put him the 49ers in scoring territory. Plus he’s taking over a team that was a muffed punt away froma possible SB berth.

    Like Kaepernick but he’s still a young QB and he will struggle in the playoffs.

  24. blacknole08 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:17 PM

    JackAcid says:Dec 19, 2012 11:40 AM

    r0bry4n1sf4t says:
    Dec 19, 2012 11:06 AM
    Quarterbacks throw for 4 touchdowns all the time. This is a passing league. AP ran for over 200 yards. That doesn’t happen very often. How does he not win the award?

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    True except for Gillette Stadium. The only other QBs to ever thorw 4+ TDs there are some dudes named Brady and P. Manning.

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    Ronnie Brown scored 5 TDs at Gillete in 2008.

  25. JackAcid says: Dec 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Dec 19, 2012 12:17 PM
    JackAcid says:Dec 19, 2012 11:40 AM

    True except for Gillette Stadium. The only other QBs to ever thorw 4+ TDs there are some dudes named Brady and P. Manning.

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    Ronnie Brown scored 5 TDs at Gillete in 2008.

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    I said throw 4 TDs, not score 4 TDs.

  26. ninerfaithful47 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:50 PM

    kap looks good. first game where he had good game management. no delay penalty. crappy weather with botched snap. he looks look. go to work more with Vernon and chemistry and niners will be a force for a years to come.

  27. blacknole08 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    JackAcid says:Dec 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    I said throw 4 TDs, not score 4 TDs.

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    I read what you wrote. I just think a visiting player scoring 5 TDs at Gillette is very impressive as well.

  28. JackAcid says: Dec 19, 2012 1:14 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Dec 19, 2012 12:51 PM
    JackAcid says:Dec 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    I said throw 4 TDs, not score 4 TDs.

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    I read what you wrote. I just think a visiting player scoring 5 TDs at Gillette is very impressive as well.

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    Duly noted and agreed! I remember that game. I think it was the start of the Wildcat buzz around the league.

  29. sknsfn1027 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:15 PM

    Kirk Cousins should have gotten this award. Kirk’s stats were way better. 26-37 for 329 yards 2 TD’s

  30. htownhawk says: Dec 19, 2012 1:34 PM

    Billb49, “he will be fine”. Ok einstein. Pats have no corners or safeties.U and all the Seahawks haters will not have a goodnight. C ya

  31. htownhawk says: Dec 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    What is so impressive with a win at Gillette when Arizona won their. Hype machines are so funny..

  32. joe2jerry says: Dec 19, 2012 1:54 PM

    How long has it been since the sea chickens beat the 9ers?

  33. CKL says: Dec 19, 2012 2:03 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and I liked CK coming out of the draft. Would have been nice for the Pats to have snagged him as a developmental guy maybe to take over down the road, but they got Mallett instead. Besides CK’s talent, he seems like BB’s type of QB, smart, great teammate, coachable.

    The kid was very calm and very efficient in a big spot Sunday night. Those two things are two qualities that helped Pats fans see how special TB could become when we first watched him in the 01 season.

    Congrats to CK, he is a lot of fun to watch, except against my team!

  34. neofootball says: Dec 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    What does Trent Dilfer and Tom Jackson think of this accomplishment? They both have beat up JH and CK even though he is clearly a better QB than Alex. I have struggled as a Niner fan for the past 7 years watching Alex not be able to make throws like the td to Delanie Walker and just because he plays Trent Dilferisk football last year everyone is outraged he was benched. Alex is a below average QB. We all agree to that because there isn’t anyone that can’t name 16 – 18 other QB’s that are better without argument.

  35. zillabeast says: Dec 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    I love how all the doubters this year have been and continue to be proven wrong. “Packers will bring the 49ers back down to earth.” “Saints going to run it up on SF.” “Pats gunna show Niners what real champs play like.” “Can’t wait to see Harbaugh make excuses for missing the playoffs.” Etc. etc. etc.

    Yet the 49ers continue to press forward, proving people wrong every single week. It’s glorious.

  36. sixjak says: Dec 19, 2012 5:40 PM

    CK7 has ice in his veins. The velocity and accuracy he puts on the ball while rolling to the left is incredible. This guy has freakish talent.

  37. charliesinthetree says: Dec 19, 2012 6:59 PM

    Kaepernick did looked great this week. But i don’t believe he has truly been challenged by a top ranked defense yet. These are the pass defense rankings of the teams hes play; MIA 26th, NO 31st, NE 29th. His best game in my opinion came against the 6th ranked Bears. when he throw two TD’s. Two weeks later he had a very poor performance against a surprising 9th ranked St, Louis team. When he could manage to get one to the end zone in a game that they defiantly should have won. We’ll see this week when he plays the 3rd ranked passing defence in SEA. Who holds their opponents to the just 197.6 YPG. and just 15.6 points tied for 1st with the niners themselves. Honestly though I don’t think we’re gonna see the ball in the air much with those two teams. Its gonna be ground and pound clinic between to of the best power backs in the league. With very few points score.

    Oh yeah……GO HAWKS!!!

  38. charliesinthetree says: Dec 19, 2012 8:11 PM

    Sorry i need to correct myself. They are not tied for fewest points allowed. The Seahawks have aloud 1 more point that SF.

  39. kingcrusher says: Dec 19, 2012 10:13 PM

    I’ve been a 9er fan for a long long time, but this year things for me have changed a bit. To see Smith finally get the breaks he deserved (a decent O-line, decent coaching, etc…) and then see the coach bench him when he’s having such a great year is heartbreaking for him. Kap is good, don’t get me wrong, but I would have much rather seen Smith finish out this year and finish what he started, rather than letting Kap go in to reap the rewards of Smith’s hard work.
    Not trying to be mean, but I think we’ll see a loss in Kap’s first playoff game. Then it’ll be fun to see what everyone says then. A little flash and people are all over it. They didn’t like the “game manager” even though Smith had awesome stats this year. We will wish Alex was back in when we lose our first game in the playoffs. But at least we’ll get to see a little excitement in Kap running around really fast, throwing long passes (and picks), but smiling big and everyone patting him on the back the whole time.
    Blah. Can’t wait for next season.

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