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Colin Kaepernick sets new NFL postseason QB rushing record

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick scrambles away from Green Bay Packers Neal and Matthews in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in San Francisco Reuters

Until today, Michael Vick’s 119 rushing yards in the 2004 playoffs were the most any quarterback had ever had in a postseason game in NFL history.

Today, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick obliterated that record.

Midway through the third quarter, Kaepernick has 163 yards on 12 rushes against the Packers, including a 20-yard touchdown that gave the 49ers their first points of the game, and a 56-yard touchdown that gave the 49ers a 31-24 lead. Kaepernick has an outside shot at not only the quarterback rushing record, but also Eric Dickerson’s all-time record of 248 rushing yards in a postseason game.

Kaepernick is also throwing the ball well, and the 49ers are giving the Packers’ defense all kinds of problems. If there was any doubt before, there’s no doubt now: Jim Harbaugh made the right call when he benched Alex Smith and gave the ball to Kaepernick.

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  1. jeremywflores says: Jan 12, 2013 10:45 PM

    Put Alex Smith in. – No one

  2. cubsisles72 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:49 PM

    Kaepernick plays the whole season: better than Luck, Wilson and RG3.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 12, 2013 10:51 PM

    The PACKERS set the record for the players with the most dreds !

  4. prosourcetalk says: Jan 12, 2013 10:51 PM

    That dude is really fast

  5. eastsideballa says: Jan 12, 2013 10:51 PM

    Back in ’82 I used to throw a football a quarter mile…

  6. ispokethetruth says: Jan 12, 2013 10:52 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is raw.

  7. peopletrains says: Jan 12, 2013 10:53 PM

    You could bench Smith for 2/3 of the QBs in the league. It wasn’t that incredible of a move.

  8. jmb795 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:54 PM

    CK is faster than a bull ride.

  9. wludford says: Jan 12, 2013 10:54 PM

    Did Clay Matthews promise to hold Kaepernick to under 200 yards?
    Maybe he should have.

  10. ihaterogergoodell says: Jan 12, 2013 10:54 PM

    Green Bay will need that MVP quarterback to play lights out in the fourth quarter, because this defense is just awful.

  11. gettingseattled says: Jan 12, 2013 10:55 PM

    This kid can ball. SF has a good young talent on their hands.

    It’s funny, my former roommate was so mad the Seahawks didn’t draft him two years ago I thought he was going to have a heart attack……Kap vs. Wilson sooner than later is gonna become the best heads up division QB rivalry in the league.

  12. wludford says: Jan 12, 2013 10:56 PM

    Packer defense has given up over 500 yards and 37 points, and growing….

  13. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2013 10:56 PM

    The Packers D is horrible and their corners jump routes constantly. I’m shocked O-coordinators don’t do several double moves a game.

  14. wludford says: Jan 12, 2013 10:57 PM

    Good-bye Green Bay. It’s over. See ya next year.

  15. 8bithero12 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:57 PM

    Agree he did make the right call

  16. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:57 PM

    Packers D is a joke. They don’t deserve to win.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 12, 2013 11:00 PM

    I disagree. I think the 49ers should have planned to go to Kaepernick earlier and in time to trade Alex Smith for a great deal before the trade deadline. They likely will never have Smith get on the field and that value could have been added to another useful spot on the field. They are wasting too much money and potential value on the bench.

    The timing was poorly coordinated and planned for maximum odds of converting on winning the SB.

  18. fox1010 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:01 PM

    Kid is showing a lot of guts for a rookie. Could be fun to see a rematch with Seahawks if that happens

  19. realdealsteel says: Jan 12, 2013 11:01 PM

    And now, the 49ers will release the hounds on Rodgers..going to rush him every play and not think about the running game.

  20. orivar says: Jan 12, 2013 11:02 PM

    Packers D isn’t that good to begin with. If the 49ers win, they’re getting knocked out of the championship again.

    They always stink up their third game.

  21. mazblast says: Jan 12, 2013 11:04 PM

    cubsisles72 says:

    Kaepernick plays the whole season: better than Luck, Wilson and RG3.
    —————————
    Kaepernick also had a nice long rest to start the season. It’s not as if he started (or even played in) every game.

  22. moerawn says: Jan 12, 2013 11:04 PM

    The NFL is scripted.

  23. 6thsense79 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:04 PM

    Yea. Score is 38-24 49ers early in 4th. And Kaep even spotted the Packers 7 pts.

  24. vikefan says: Jan 12, 2013 11:05 PM

    pack d is wishing they played joe webb again

  25. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 12, 2013 11:07 PM

    Charles Woodson is awful. Ok so is everyone on the defense. Clay Matthew suffering from a brroken neck right now.

  26. larryboodry says: Jan 12, 2013 11:07 PM

    Think I’ll go tune in…Go ‘Niners!

  27. huskersrock1 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:10 PM

    Well Alex Smith’s days are over in San Fran. I don’t feel bad for him, he got paid a boat full of dollars.

  28. remyje says: Jan 12, 2013 11:11 PM

    “Kaep won’t get 200 rushing yards against us” -Clay Matthews

  29. ferro214 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    I bet the Seahawks are salivating right now.

  30. q1ller says: Jan 12, 2013 11:13 PM

    Wow… the Packers are getting their asses kicked in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Love it!!!

  31. steelers88 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    Well at least the field looks decent.

  32. degraz5 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:15 PM

    the pack blows

  33. demolition510 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:15 PM

    Al Davis was gonna draft him!!!

  34. peavey2 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:15 PM

    Wow, GB getting stomped. Their defense has been suspect for a couple years now. Gotta have D to win championships.

  35. photoguy13 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    I’ve never seen a defensive coordinator so out coached as what Dom Capers was tonight.

  36. vikefan says: Jan 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    hey pack……DEFENSE wins championships!!

  37. 1phd says: Jan 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    Meanwhile, so called ‘expert’ losers like Heath Evans still think it was the wrong decision.

  38. Gordon says: Jan 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    Just another Green Bay victory over themselves. At least that’s what Clay Matthews will say.

  39. hannahsdaddy says: Jan 12, 2013 11:17 PM

    Anything to get Vicks name off the record books.

  40. doe22us says: Jan 12, 2013 11:17 PM

    I guess this aint no Joe Webbie lol.

  41. seattlecoug says: Jan 12, 2013 11:17 PM

    Congrats to the 49ers – see you next week. Where are all the NFC West haters now?

    To all the GB whiny fans – Fail Mary right? Your season ending doesn’t have anything to do with that TERRIBLE D? Ha ha….

    Go Hawks!

  42. tatum064 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:18 PM

    gettingseattled says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:55 PM
    This kid can ball. SF has a good young talent on their hands.

    It’s funny, my former roommate was so mad the Seahawks didn’t draft him two years ago I thought he was going to have a heart attack……Kap vs. Wilson sooner than later is gonna become the best heads up division QB rivalry in the league.

    ========

    if its S.F. v. Seattle for the NFC title game, it will be a straight up brawl

  43. krenshaws says: Jan 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    Should probably bench Kaepernick… Only because this one is over.

  44. japmen says: Jan 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    CK has exposed their D as very average. At no point in this game have they really contained him or even had an idea how to contain him. Pretty poor planning by the GB coaches. San Fran on the other side, what a whipping!!! Wow!!!

  45. supermariojosh says: Jan 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    I like it in the playoffs when there’s usually less Ricky tack penalties – but that makes playing the 49ers awfully tough. They’ve been holding on the edge all night. Kaepernick is sick though, and the 49ers earned this one. Congrats 49ers fans, we’ll see you next year!

  46. supermariojosh says: Jan 12, 2013 11:20 PM

    *ticky tack

  47. justintuckrule says: Jan 12, 2013 11:20 PM

    Guarantee that low life Rodgers throws his defense under the bus during the presser

  48. hazelmn says: Jan 12, 2013 11:21 PM

    Wow…. I knew the Packers would lose by I didn’t think it would be by 20+.

    Will be interesting to see what happens with that team next year. Woodson is getting old. Jennings, Peprah, and Shields are free agents.

    Last year was their year. They peaked.

  49. tomcat76qb says: Jan 12, 2013 11:21 PM

    I was worried about Kap against Seattle. Harbough made the adjustments….Look Out NFC !

  50. ronaldjones says: Jan 12, 2013 11:22 PM

    Lets not forget, Alex Smith in 2012 Divisional round vs Saints: 300 passing yards, 4 Total TDs, 0 INTs, GW drive (plus another go ahead drive) in 4th qtr. So far they’ve reached the same spot they were at with Smith last year. But definitely an awesome/Incredibly promising debut from Kaepernick.

  51. yourmomcalled says: Jan 12, 2013 11:23 PM

    Has Capers ever heard of a QB spy?

  52. enochmh2 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:24 PM

    This new breed of scrambling qbs who CAN also throw is gonna become a headache for nfl defences

  53. 85pmart says: Jan 12, 2013 11:25 PM

    Colin v Tom
    SB
    47

  54. bkh405 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:25 PM

    Could we get a quote from David Whitley? That piece of trash that didn’t like Kaep’s tats or skin color…I’m sure he’s sobbing with the rest of his klan…er writer buddies somewhere.

  55. kev86 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:27 PM

    Clay Mathews thinks Packers beat themselves again? Can we all agree GB is horrible and they don’t deserve anything?

  56. mdd913 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:28 PM

    That Whitner hit was unnecessary and dangerous. Somebody must pay….I expect Goodell will be suspending more Saints players any minute now.

  57. chattanola says: Jan 12, 2013 11:29 PM

    This guy is playing lights out. They will be able to trade Alex Smith in the off season for a nice high pick in the draft.

  58. Little Earthquake says: Jan 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    He did it against a terrible defense.

  59. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    Other than your favorite team winning, nothing more satisfying than watching Packers lose. Out of game, still keeping their QB in to possibly get hurt. Just keep thinking no D is needed Packers.

  60. vertskate900 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    Discount Double Choke!

  61. anarchopurplism says: Jan 12, 2013 11:33 PM

    @Tokyosandblaster

    Packers can give the excuse that they were not prepared for a mobile QB that would run for 183 & throw for 263 yards after facing a backup mobile QB that could barely do both for 100 yds.

    9er fans can claim Harbaugh made the right QB decision.

    Everybody wins.

  62. conormacleod says: Jan 12, 2013 11:34 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Packers fans cry that they could have won at home if only the refs didn’t job them of that win in Seattle.

  63. trapshoot says: Jan 12, 2013 11:34 PM

    Pack defense played very poorly, but K played amazing football. Niners deserved to win, Packers did not.

  64. dickwittman says: Jan 12, 2013 11:35 PM

    Capers out

  65. iceburgskin202 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    Packers D was their downfall how many times can you go for the double move by Davis the slant and go from Crabtree?

  66. mrwright313 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am a 49ers fan.

    That Packer defense finished 11th overall this year. Despicable.

  67. goldrush36 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    Just like week 1 a gifted TD from the refs to the pack at the end.

  68. icewalker946 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    That game was painful to watch. Have teams ‘figured out’ Dom Capers?

  69. mattw70 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    I thought running QBs didn’t work in the NFL?Someone please explain.

  70. Ponder This says: Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    Clay Matthews vowed that they would keep him under 200 yards.

  71. ErikW65 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:38 PM

    CK>AR

  72. bspurloc says: Jan 12, 2013 11:38 PM

    Colin sets the record then subtracts 2 with 2 kneel downs… they should have had someone else kneel or hand it to Gore except Gore with take himself after a kneel down effort

  73. howiehandles says: Jan 12, 2013 11:38 PM

    Will Greg Roman’s phone start ringing now?

  74. phloorioisanarcissist says: Jan 12, 2013 11:39 PM

    Maybe Packer fans will finally agree its tough to win against the best teams in the league with a half a running game and a porous defense. Why so many “experts” thought GB was going to win this game away in Candlestick Park with a defense that gave up over 500 yards rushing this year (including playoffs) to one guy is beyond me.

  75. bowmanj35 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:39 PM

    how long they gonna let capers live on reputation. DONE.

  76. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 12, 2013 11:42 PM

    the 49ers are a great team. they have terrific o and d lines. i respect their qb as much as i respect alex smith…not a lot.

    their qbs will be insurance salesmen in 2 years.

  77. jfoxbebb says: Jan 12, 2013 11:42 PM

    CK sets a new NFL postseason QB rushing record….

    Which Russell Wilson will promptly beat tomorrow, ensuring an all NFC-West NFCCG.

    Go Hawks and congrats Niners.

  78. irishjugalo says: Jan 12, 2013 11:42 PM

    How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?

  79. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 12, 2013 11:45 PM

    It’s funny, my former roommate was so mad the Seahawks didn’t draft him two years ago I thought he was going to have a heart attack……Kap vs. Wilson sooner than later is gonna become the best heads up division QB rivalry in the league.

    ****

    in what league? the acc?

  80. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 12, 2013 11:45 PM

    I could rush for 200 against that D.

  81. jessethegreat says: Jan 12, 2013 11:48 PM

    Fluke… He’s going to get hurt like rg3 eventually.. Or else teams will go to the 4-6 like we did in high school against the run option teams. this pistol run option is just a fad like the wildcat was. Ownership pays too much money to quarterbacks to let them risk injury this often. Not to mention the coaches need to be able to count on the qb so getting him hurt for a few yards is meaningless. … Right Shanahan?

  82. smorkingapple says: Jan 13, 2013 12:09 AM

    Kapernick will have better career than RGIII. I’d be rich had I offered that bet that a month ago.

  83. beastmode5150 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:22 AM

    Try that against Seattle; hard to run with piss and poop all over your legs.

  84. beastmode5150 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:24 AM

    Kap already played Wilson, late in season. Hint, one QB was FAR better, and his team won…by 30

  85. baymac408 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:37 AM

    This man is the TRUTH…. Still young to… Omg be scared NFL be very scared!! GO NINERS!!!! that’s how you play like 49ERS we aren’t done yet!!

  86. kevpft says: Jan 13, 2013 12:41 AM

    There’s no doubt now? Alex Smith got to the conference championship game. There will be doubt until the 49ers make the Super Bowl, period. And, given how solid Smith played, they really need to win it all this time for there to be no doubts.

  87. mazblast says: Jan 13, 2013 1:03 AM

    I knew there was something weird in the picture. I finally figured it out. Clay Matthews is actually vertical for one of the few times all day!

  88. myosin10 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:45 AM

    Kaepernick doesn’t look fast until he runs by everyone! Will this be the start of a dynasty? Circa Bellicheck benching Bledsoe for Brady.

    Also check out Crabtree coming alive! The QB change lit a fire under him!

  89. pillaging4fun says: Jan 13, 2013 2:07 AM

    Seahawks vs 49ers in da nfc championship. Just saying. Would be epic I think

  90. The Prophet says: Jan 13, 2013 2:42 AM

    And those arrogant Packers all week bragging about how facing Joe Webb would prepare them for the 49ers … Alex Smith or Colin Koepernick, the 49ers are the Packers’ daddy …

  91. stampnhawk says: Jan 13, 2013 4:36 AM

    Why didn’t Capers change it up and put a spy on him, at least at half?

    Seahawks had a spy on RG3 for the first quarter last week, making him beat them with the pass (and he did, hitting guys (TE, FB) that would normally be covered by the guy spying, for both of the TD’s); it may not have worked, but it was an adjustment, something GB’d defense didn’t do.

    Cheeseheads can drink themselves silly on boxed wine tonight, and spend the rest of the offseason blaming the grave social injustice of replacement refs for all their team’s failures this year.

  92. draculalambert says: Jan 13, 2013 6:01 AM

    Sons of Anarchy QB! YEA! Look at the tats..Clay would be proud and hug him! Tig as well…

  93. hendeeze says: Jan 13, 2013 7:30 AM

    So much for Joe Webb giving GB a preview of Kaepernick

  94. bearfan1957 says: Jan 13, 2013 7:33 AM

    Mathews came down to earth, pancaked several times, looking like a pin ball when 49er QB ran by him in 4th quarter. Wait look another Packer commercial. Hopefully that is over for the yr. Harbaugh brothers in the Super Bowl

  95. bkjordan2013 says: Jan 13, 2013 8:51 AM

    So now it’s okay for the read option and to have your QB run. None of the “pundits” are crying, “You’re going to get your QB killed!” But with RGIII it was the worst idea ever. Now the other coaches are being called geniuses even though they bit on Shanahan’s tip.

  96. sixjak says: Jan 13, 2013 9:06 AM

    Yep, right call. Kaep is very fast and is a good passer. To all of the Packer fans: congratulations on a successful season. This divisional playoff game should serve notice that all of your GB vs. 49er playoff dominance is officially irrelevant. Neither of these rosters has any ties to any of that history.

    The better team won and it would have been the same overall outcome had the game been played in GB. You cannot blame this loss on the refs, nor can you blame it on the “Fail Mary”.

  97. skinsgal4life says: Jan 13, 2013 9:12 AM

    When one of Sick Vick’s records fall, it is a good day indeed.

  98. mblue24 says: Jan 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    Great game CK7. Lets see you do it again next week.

  99. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    Could have sworn I heard Buck and Aikman swooning that this was the most rushing yds by a QB in a game PERIOD, not just a playoff game. if so, incredible work by Kaep and his o-line. Not to toot my horn, but after the ’11 draft, I said to my buddies: Kaepernick and Dalton will be the best QBs out of this draft class. At least one of them is proving me right so far.

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