The Green Bay Packers’ season has ended. Colin Kaepernick’s time as an NFL superstar is just beginning.
Kaepernick had a brilliant performance as the 49ers defeated the Packers 45-31 on Saturday night, earning a berth in the NFC Championship Game and firmly establishing Kaepernick as a rising star who has the potential to change the way the quarterback position is played.
In fact, Kaepernick went 17-for-31 for 263 yards and two passing touchdowns, and passing wasn’t even what he did best. Kaepernick also had 181 rushing yards, the most rushing yards that any quarterback has ever gained in any game — regular season or postseason — in NFL history.
For the Packers, it’s a disappointing ending to their season, and the second straight year in which they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. This Green Bay team had a season to be proud of, but the Packers thought they had a team that could make a deeper run in the playoffs than this.
Now the 49ers will see just how deep into the playoffs Kaepernick can take them. The NFC Championship Game is next, and if Kaepernick can play next Sunday like he did this Saturday, the next stop will be the Super Bowl.