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Ted Thompson on Colin Kaepernick: Oh my, that was special

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

The Packers left San Francisco as 45-31 losers to the 49ers and members of the Colin Kaepernick admiration society.

Watching Kaepernick light up the defense for 263 passing yards and 181 rushing yards, the most ever by an NFL quarterback, left the architect of the Packers team sounding more impressed by Kaepernick than he was upset at his team’s efforts. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson knew the hype on Kaepernick, but said that the real thing went beyond the advance billing.

“That was unbelievable,” Thompson said, via Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. “He did everything. I mean, I had read the press clippings and seen some of the highlights. But to watch what he did … oh my, that was special.”

Based on what one member of the Green Bay defense said after the game, the press clippings and the highlights didn’t filter all the way down from Thompson’s office. Safety Charles Woodson said it was hard to see Kaepernick beat them over and over again on the same play — “We couldn’t stop him” — and wondered if there was more the team could have done in the game plan to keep him in check.

“We didn’t anticipate the quarterback running the way he did,” Woodson said. “I guess that was the X-factor.”

It was certainly the deciding factor, but it wasn’t one that should have taken the Packers by surprise. Whoever draws the 49ers next weekend has been duly warned.

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91 Responses to “Ted Thompson on Colin Kaepernick: Oh my, that was special”
  1. jakec4 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    A Harbaugh brothers Super Bowl would be fantastic. Maybe not as much of a long shot of happening as people think.

  2. JackAcid says: Jan 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    Optimus Prime.

  3. dgoens3109 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    It is amazing how much the game has changed in the last 10 years or so. A guy with zero post season experience can shred a veteran defense through the air and on the ground.

  4. kylealbertson says: Jan 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.

  5. phillyfan21 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:26 AM

    Kaepernick is the closest thing to Randall Cunningham since Randall Cunningham. The big difference between them is Kaepernick wins playoff games.

  6. sixjak says: Jan 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    And so too was GB’s defense special. Just in a different way were they special.

  7. dragonfly99 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    What was amazing was how Erik Walden was out of position on every play. The Packers really need help at the LB position. Maybe getting Bishop and Perry back or getting someone in the draft will help.

  8. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    That is the end of Dom Capers.

  9. jetsfaninjersey says: Jan 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    Kapenick, Wilson, RGIII…these guys and their coaches are changing the QB position right before our eyes…kudos to them and their coaches to see the talent and put game plans to work to their strengths. I am sure that the hunt is already begun scouting the college ranks for the next QB that can do what these guys can. What a great year for the NFL with a future crop including these guys and Luck..Well done guys!

  10. phredross says: Jan 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    The Pack would be wise to dump Capers and find someone else for a DC—Capers is very stuck in his style of defense and isn’t good at making adjustments—just ask any Panthers or Texans fan who remembers him as their franchise’s first head coach. It was obvious the Pack needed to make adjustments at halftime to stop Colin K., but apparently Capers did nothing but adjust his toupee.

  11. bigblue5611 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    No surprise big mouth Clay Matthews and entire Pack defense has been atrocious the last 2 years and only getting worse

  12. supremekingz says: Jan 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Lets have more articles about the sexy passing yard stats of “elite” qb’s and how inexperienced Kaep is. I really prefer it when the 49ers are underdogs.

  13. bws2390 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Phillyfan, don’t you mean he won a playoff game.

  14. thepvyharvin says: Jan 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Packers are not championship material. Their D plain out stinks! Ask AD! Teddy Thompson saying Oh my? Sounds like his type of language,,,

  15. txpackfan52 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:35 AM

    Ted is right. I was on the wagon thinking Harbaugh made the wrong decision, but in my mind there is no way Alex Smith could have done what Kaepernick did.

  16. clebrowntown says: Jan 13, 2013 11:38 AM

    Caper’s D has been way too predictable as their own players stated in the article without mentioning his name.
    Know I’ll get lots of thumbs down but if I were Ted Thomson, I’d be on the cell to Dick Jauron. He had the Brown’s D looking pretty good most of the year.

  17. 49ercarlos says: Jan 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    Green bays defense was suspect all year, lets go niners!!!!

  18. whiteknightblackheart says: Jan 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    I’d rather have Sanchez.

  19. flipola says: Jan 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    The final nail in the coffin of the Alex Smith era.

  20. Jeff says: Jan 13, 2013 11:42 AM

    “Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.”

    Interesting comment, considering Jordy Nelson never gets called for pushing off

  21. truninerfan49 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:42 AM

    Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.
    ———————————————-

    are you serious????

  22. daknight93 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    CK was great lastnite, but the 49ers kept running the same plays over and over the entire nite and GB stayed in man to man defense 90% of time…GB didn’t mix coverages and make adjustments on defense, Dom Capers was awful with his defensive playcalling…GB deserve to lose.

  23. manningbowl88 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    i agree with @txpack fan i thought it was a mistake dumping smith but though smith can win games he cant in that fashion. kaepernick put on a show last night and idk if atl or sea can beat them if they play like that.

    since eli is obv not in the running and peyton lost (rootin for him to get a second) i just became andre johnson and matt ryan fans.. hope to see that SB

  24. cags777 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    Well done, Kaepernick. It makes me wonder what he could have accomplished had he been the starter at the beginning of the season. Also phillyfan, Cunningham DID win a playoff game when he was a Minnesota Viking. Other than that, I love the comparison.

  25. brendan49 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    kylealbertson says: Jan 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.

    ——————————————————

    How exactly do you draw that conclusion? Did you watch the game?

  26. eatitfanboy says: Jan 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    Is there anyone in the world other than hardcore Falcon fans that doesn’t want 49er-Seahawk part 3 next weekend?

  27. jpk6044 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    The most impressive thing about Kaepernick’s game was how accurate his passes were. The post-route TD to Crabtree and the seam-route to Davis were perfect throws. Running QBs who can’t make those throws eventually get neutralized (Vick, Young, Tebow…).

  28. jkb0162 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Packers could have played some zone or kept a spy on Kaepernik, instead they rushed five or six every time and got beat off the edge. It’s like they never heard of this dude or something.
    Thompson should fire Don Capers immediately instead of gushing over the other teams qb. While he’s at it fire yourself since the only talent you seem to find is at the WR position.

  29. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    There really is only one way to stop a great option running QB. Hit him hard EVERY play. Easier said than done but the hits will add up… if they can actually hit the kid.

  30. ispeaknow77 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    If the Packers don’t hire a real OL coach and find some bigger guys to plug in there, this will keep happening.
    I don’t blame the defence so much, it will work itself out, getting injured guys back will help a lot.
    Packers also need better strength and conditioning personnel, and medical staff, what is with losing so many guys year in and year out?

  31. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    bow down to the newest best qb in the nfl that is kaepernick. 49ers are starting a dynasty with kaepernick. many superbowls to come.

  32. thejuddstir says: Jan 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    Ted’s “Oh My….” comment is a fitting title for a packers team that is one of the softest in the league when it comes to physicality. The packers do not like contact period and it is really magnified on defense. The Pack went “all in” on the pass-happy , finesse approach that the NFL has supported in the past few years and in doing so, they conceded physicality. Look at their record this year, they struggled or lost to every team that plays smash-mouth football. The 49′ers slapped them in the face and they stepped back instead of hitting back. Against Peterson of Vikings, the linebackers and DB’s were like the parting of the Red Sea, wanting nothing to do with trying to tackle him.

  33. mp4pack says: Jan 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    There may be something to be said for the fact that the north is the only division in the nfc without this style of qb, and ultimately the first time the Packers have faced this new fad. Whatever the reason, you gotta get with the times. Start by kindly asking Capers to retire. The game has passed him by.

  34. Gordon says: Jan 13, 2013 11:52 AM

    “We didn’t anticipate the quarterback running the way he did,” Woodson said.
    ————————————
    Did you guys even bother to watch any film on him? This is what this guy does. How did they not “anticipate” he would be running? Sounds like Capers has no clue.

  35. cubsisles72 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:55 AM

    Had SF drafted Rodgers, they would not have drafted/started Kapaernick, so Rodgers’ claim that SF would regret not drafting him no longer will come true.

  36. JackAcid says: Jan 13, 2013 11:56 AM

    The moment of absolute truth was the pick-6.

    Context:

    Alex gets the Niners to the NFCCG last year by NOT turning the ball over.

    This year, Harbaugh faces scrutiny for putting in Kaep. Experts say, “if Kaep can’t get them to the NFCCG, the switch was a failure” (faulty and ill-conceived logic, but that was the stigma.)

    So here is young Kaep, making his first playoff start and he throws that pick 6 two plays in.

    Looked like Harbaugh gambled and failed, since we can all assume Alex wouldn’t make that same mistake.

    Then Kaep proceeds to burn the house down from there on out.

    Win or lose next week, Harbaugh made the right call. No way the Niners beat GB like they did last night with Alex under center.

  37. asublimeday says: Jan 13, 2013 11:57 AM

    What a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and packers fans have finally shut up.

  38. captaincanoe says: Jan 13, 2013 11:57 AM

    GB needs to open the checkbook and bring in Lovie Smith as DC. Ironically, Mike McCarthy has the same/opposite problem Lovie had in Chicago. He trust 1/2 of his football team to the DC. OC in Lovie’s case.

  39. bucslose says: Jan 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    I tell you, at this point, im hoping for Ravens vs either 49ers or Seahawks.

    Id love to see a Patriots-less Super Bowl this year.

  40. orcheon says: Jan 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    I was at the game and we did keep a spy on Kaepernick. He just outran him.

  41. immafubared says: Jan 13, 2013 12:04 PM

    TT is the reason the Packers lost. Yes he did not take the field. Nor did he do any coaching. His team is about 48 games out of the super bowl. That’s how many drafts it will take to rebuild the packer d. Why.
    Ted has no money. This team does not have deep pocket owners who can grab a Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and have an immediate and valid pass rush. Instead, he must give up good draft picks to acquire a ton of 4th and 5th round picks because he cannot afford second and third rounders. These are the types that can fill in for the injured first rounders and give you solid backups.
    Ted has a host of very late round, smallish defensive backs that 31 other teams passed on more than once. Ditto the running backs. Ditto the line backers.
    If it wasn’t for the offense and Rogers, this team would have been golfing two weeks ago.

  42. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:04 PM

    kaepernick is the best qb in the nfl. better then rodgers brady manning. lol at every1 calling harbaugh an idiot for making the change with alex. in harbaugh we trust.

  43. howiehandles says: Jan 13, 2013 12:09 PM

    “Maybe not as much of a long shot of happening as people think”

    Pretty easy to predict it now that both their teams are in the conference championship games Nostradamus.

  44. immafubared says: Jan 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    I don’t think this team even practices zone defense. They do not have the talent or the smarts to play zone. Zone requires thinking and play making. You’ve got a team full of guys on D who were undrafted or very late draft picks.
    Translated no one wanted these guys for a reason: smallish, poor tacklers, played in lesser programs in college, again for the same reason.
    Capers was not able to make silk purses out of these pigs ears I guess.
    Playing man is easy to coach. ‘Hey you, stay with that guy and tackle him if he catches the ball’

  45. southpaw447 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    As a fan that was one of the most embarrassing games I’ve ever seen us play in a big game situation. Dom Capers clearly is not getting it done and needs to go. After 4 years of running his defense and our players still lack basic fundamentals like tackling and executing simple assignments? Yeah he needs to find a new job. We didn’t deserve to win this game. And I’m glad it happened last night that had we made it to the NFCCG or worse, the Superbowl.

  46. homebruer says: Jan 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    Im Waiting for the annual packers player “they didnt beat us, we beat ourselves” excuse.

  47. skinsfan91 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    the redskins say you’re welcome for showing everyone you can run the zone option in the nfl.

  48. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    Couple of points here on the late Bill Walsh. After he revolutionized how offense is played in the NFL during the 80s & 90s, Walsh starting trending toward mobile quarterbacks picking up Steve Young and Jeff Garcia seeing their mobility to outrun “super linebackers”. Again – he way way ahead of the curve.

    Walsh was smiling down last night as CK put on a show for the ages.

    Let is also be known that getting Harbaugh hired at Stanford was one of his last feats before dying of Cancer.

    Coach Walsh’s legacy and foresight continue to pay dividends for the 49ers years after he left the earth!

  49. cannonballdookie says: Jan 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    I loathe Harbaugh but the guy has balls of steel and doesn’t give a crap what anyone things, as evidence by benching Smith for Kaep. He was smart enough to see that while Smith was very good and they would win games with them, Kaepernick has the potential to be truly dynamic and change things for them, as we’ve seen yesterday. What a talent.

  50. mungman69 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    HEY: The dude was great. Can’t wait to watch him next week.

  51. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    You folks out there who think that three QBs who can run the ball are somehow changing the league — you must be youngins. Rushing QBs have been around a lot longer than you think.

    I love Kap, Wilson, and RG3 — it’s great to infuse new talent into the league. However, let’s not fool ourselves kiddies: the position is still defined by the ability to read defenses, make smart decisions, and throw hyper-accurate passes with a strong arm.

    If these guys can mix a strong running style into the mix, great. But it’s not somehow causing a major change in the league.

  52. killitandeatit says: Jan 13, 2013 12:33 PM

    The perfect storm of C.K. hitting on all cylinders and a suspect defense. Vick has looked similar but lacks accurate passes and seems to lose focus , doesn’t protect the ball and makes poor decisions. These new breed of running qb’s : C.K. ,Russel W. ,RG3=can throw the ball. This was a record breaking performance so who knows how high the ceiling is on C.K. ? I think it will be a while before we witness a show like last night’s again. Stay tuned,roll Niners. East Coast just waking up on what is up on the West Coast.

  53. dirtydrew says: Jan 13, 2013 12:33 PM

    Welcome to the new NFL Mr. Woodson. You are now a dinosaur…but a true legend. It was great giving it back to the Pack after they owned the 49ers for years. All the P I called when Favre just chucked it up. Don Bebee being down, but getting up and running for a TD. I hope this one stung to watch for the good fans of the Pack.

  54. glastron1 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    Thompson needs to stop relying on the draft so much. It has helped with depth on the team but waiting for them to develop is wasting Rodgers prime years as QB. Find a way to get one or two difference makers on defense in free agency and not these street free agents that other teams pass over. Its a win now league.

  55. deelron says: Jan 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    “Looked like Harbaugh gambled and failed, since we can all assume Alex wouldn’t make that same mistake.”

    Of course even that kind of comment is a mistake from the mainstream media, Smith got picked off on a similar type throw in the end zone against the Seahawks not terribly long ago and Peyton Manning just threw a pick in double overtime by throwing back across his body. Even the best make that mistake now and then.

  56. nesuperfan says: Jan 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    Maybe Clay Mathews can get Fathead to make a huge one of Colin Kaepernick running by him. :)

  57. elguapo12 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:50 PM

    Is there a player or play that isn’t “special” anymore? Most overused term of the last few seasons.

  58. hose845 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:52 PM

    TT is the reason the Packers lost

    Its not that the packers can’t afford high priced free agents, TT doesn’t spend money on them. he drafts them. These players are all hand picked by TT and mccarthy. saying that they don’t have enough money to get free agents, what , are you stupid or something? sell some more non-stock stock. add on to the stadium. trust me. there is plenty of money in green bay

  59. broo53 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    Pretty sad when a GM acts like he had absolutely no clue what talents a pro QB possesses. You would think he would have reviewed multiple scouting reports and game tape on the guy since he was in college. Makes him sound inept. I’ve only been watching Kaepernick the last couple of months because of fantasy and it doesn’t shock me at all, he’s flashed this talent several times lately.

  60. packerbacker12 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    “Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.”

    Interesting comment, considering Jordy Nelson never gets called for pushing off”

    I really don’t see why 49er fans care about that. They already won the game at that point.

  61. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 13, 2013 12:56 PM

    Nice job by Kap. However the 49er curse will continue. They are unlikely to beat either Atlanta or Seattle.

  62. phillyfan21 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:56 PM

    For those who have pointed out to me that Randall Cunningham did indeed win a playoff game in Philly and a few more later in his career with the Vikings… I thank you!

    I am just a frustrated Eagles fan who is still bitter that the Cunningham years in Philly were wasted. What could have been.

    San Fransisco enjoy the ride! It will be fun watching Kaepernick play the next 10 yrs. Keep him healthy!

  63. 1stngoal says: Jan 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    Well, this was Kaepernick’s m.o. coming out of college at Nevada, his ability to run with the football.

    Luck, RG III, Russell, and now add Kaepernick to this exciting group of quarterbacks that will redefine the position going forward…

  64. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jerry Rice fumbled

  65. drillbit19k says: Jan 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.

    Speaking as a packers fan this is a horrible statement. Was there a couple holds on the perimeter on some of 7s runs yep but for the most part it was called both ways.

  66. snaxdsp says: Jan 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    Good thing the kid can run, c

  67. snaxdsp says: Jan 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    He can’t do anything else but run

  68. 49erlover says: Jan 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    It was a great game, but I still say Alex Smith deserves to start in the NFCCG. He will take better care of the ball than Kaepernick. You saw what happened with that pick-six. Against the Packers it didn’t make a difference. Against Seattle or Atlanta, Kaepernick’s mistakes will be magnified. Smith put in the hard work and is overall the better quarterback. Name one “running” QB who ever won a SB. Only Steve Young because he had a great passer rating as well. Kap’s passer rating is worse than Smith’s. And that’s what counts when it comes to winning SBs vs. divisional round games.

    Mark my words: Keep Kaepernick, kiss the Lombardi goodbye. Gold star to him for his performance yesterday, but he is not a SB-caliber QB.

    Go Niners!

  69. daveduck49 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:04 PM

    Thank god Mr. Manning thought the broncos had a better shot at winning the super bowl , and today Mr. Brady and Mr. Ryan will join him on the couch next week to watch championship sunday with the rest of us……….go niners

  70. 4sacroc says: Jan 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    And furthermore ….

    SF pounded GB in September with Alex Smith running the show.

    Two times they out-physicalled (word) GB.

  71. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    kaepernick outplayed brees, brady, rodgers. look out nfl. this guy is going to be the best qb hands down.

  72. steadypimpin says: Jan 13, 2013 1:14 PM

    kylealbertson January 13, 2013, 11:25 AM EST

    Special? What was special? The refs handed the 49ers the game.

    Are you kidding me??? The refs were flagging us for everything!

  73. tinbender2000 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    How about a little less slamming Capers and the Packer D and a little more credit to Kapearnick . Looking at film and going against something different for the first time are two different things. Should the defense really have been prepared for the most rushing yards ever by a quarterback?

  74. csilojohnson says: Jan 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    Kap will be huge once he get some more experience. I think everyone needs to calm down a little though.
    Great of an achievement as it was, don’t forget it was against a team that has fielded the worst rush defense in NFL history.

  75. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Jan 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    dirtydrew says:Jan 13, 2013 12:33 PM

    Welcome to the new NFL Mr. Woodson. You are now a dinosaur…but a true legend. It was great giving it back to the Pack after they owned the 49ers for years. All the P I called when Favre just chucked it up. Don Bebee being down, but getting up and running for a TD. I hope this one stung to watch for the good fans of the Pack.
    ———————————

    Really? What games did you see? I do remember the Favre era teams dominating the 49ers, but all the crap you just said…do you remember the JERRY RICE FUMBLE that the refs bungled and cost the Packers the game? Grow up.
    That said, the 49ers played an excellent game last night and deserved the win. They took the game away in the second half and never looked back. Packers D had their butts kicked. Congrats, and if the Seahawks come to town, destryoy them so their loudmouth fans and players can SHUT UP!

  76. socal9er says: Jan 13, 2013 2:03 PM

    Niners vs. “elite QBs” this.. Beat Rodgers twice, Brady, Brees. The one loss coming to Eli. They have put together a solid resume of wins and are on their way. This just the beginning. This team fears no one. I’m just glad there is no scenario that we play in SEA again this year.

  77. purpwalk says: Jan 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    i see that the phacker fans are out there whining away
    worst fans in all of sports, win or lose
    that’s what ya get when ya trap a pro team in a hick hillbilly town

    saying pack fans are classy is like saying jeffrey dahmer is a gourmet chef

  78. thatswhatimsayin says: Jan 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    People on here are blaming Capers. This team can’t tackle and are out of position. maybe there just isn’t that much talent on D. good thing “In Ted We Trust” spent all of last years picks on defense.

  79. packmanfan says: Jan 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Jan 13, 2013 11:51 AM
    bow down to the newest best qb in the nfl that is kaepernick. 49ers are starting a dynasty with kaepernick. many superbowls to come.
    ——————————————————————–

    Save that kind of talk until after the Sanfransissyco 9ers with Kappernacklewackle win a current SB.

  80. packmanfan says: Jan 13, 2013 2:22 PM

    I just hope the Falcons win because they will be easier to root for than the Seahawks.

  81. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 13, 2013 2:22 PM

    I’d pull for the 49ers if they end up playing the falcons.
    It will be the battle of the bandwagon fanbases.

  82. copack20 says: Jan 13, 2013 2:24 PM

    Packer fan here. Congrats to the 9er fans. This is a tough squad. Would love to be a 9er fan right now. Promising QB, tough, physical team. I thought that after game one, and they seem to have found the extra dimension in Kaepernick. Throughout the game the people I was watching with kept saying they need to make Kaep throw, but I’m not so sure he wouldn’t have proven that aspect of his game is up to the challenge as well. Once he becomes a good “passer”, rather than just a thrower, he’ll be elite. I think that’s right on the horizon.

    As far as my Packers, I don’t think you can deny the talent on the roster. However, they’re set up be physical and/or talented to beat about 90% of the teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, the other 10% of the NFL include teams like the 9ers and Giants. Until they can go toe-to-toe physically with these teams, they’ll be a perennial divisional round playoff team.

    Congrats to the 49ers. F*** the Seahawks.

  83. trapshoot says: Jan 13, 2013 2:30 PM

    Packers defense has been marginal all year, though better than last year. Tramon Williams played a terrible game, gave up way too many big down plays. Kapernick was unbelievable and on the top of his game. The Packers were not.

  84. maddbearfan says: Jan 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    Hope Kapernick don’t let this run thing get the best of him cuz one day there will be a 300+ DE that’ll give him a good shot and he could turn out to be another RG3.

  85. deltaoracle says: Jan 13, 2013 3:29 PM

    First and last, congrats to the 49ers. They sure looked like the best thing going last night. I’m still a bit dazed and may be wrong, but I think most of Kapernick’s runs came on the side where Walden and later Moses played. Don’t know if it would have been different if Packers had had Perry there with a season of experience or not, but clearly the product GB has right now on both sides of the ball is just good enough to get to the playoffs but nothing more than that. Need OLine help and help on the front 7 of the defense. It would be almost criminal if the Packers look back on 25 years or more of Favre and Rodgers at QB with only 2 SB wins to show for it. Wouldn’t be surprised if Capers is let go. In any case the team will certainly have a different look next year. No season is really a failure when the Pack beats the Bears and Vikings twice each, but still… it’ll be a long off-season.

  86. sixjak says: Jan 13, 2013 4:12 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Jan 13, 2013 12:04 PM
    kaepernick is the best qb in the nfl. better then rodgers brady manning. lol at every1 calling harbaugh an idiot for making the change with alex. in harbaugh we trust.

    _____________

    Ummmmmm….ok pal here’s the thing. When you post stuff like the above you sound like that voiceoflogicalreason mo-ron and it kinda makes the rest of us 9erfans wish you were a raidersfan or something.

    9ers looked solid last night but we have ATL next week in ATL. It’s going to be a tough game. I want the 9ers to win the SB, not get there and choke.

  87. kevishu says: Jan 13, 2013 4:30 PM

    Capers SHOULD be fired!! The Packers have never been a force on defense for the past few years. They do get turn-overs, but in-game adjustments are practically non-existent. Capers simply doesn’t know how. Too stupid, in my opinion, and has been granted forgiveness over the years due to the high powered offense that covers up his shortcomings. With that said, I do believe many other teams would have had a lot of trouble containing Kaepernick. So I’m not discrediting Kaepernick and the 49ers. They’re an awesome team. But to watch the Packers look absolutely clueless with no apparent attempt of half-time adjustments should, without a doubt, be the end of the road for Dom Capers.

  88. johnnyb216 says: Jan 13, 2013 4:39 PM

    So what are you going to do about it, Ted? If you want to win a super bowl, your going to have to go through these guys to get there. I don’t know if 1 off-season is enough to address all the needs the packers have if they want a shot at beating some of these teams that are rising up in the NFC. Ted had better have a good draft this year!

  89. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2013 4:46 PM

    How about a little less slamming Capers and the Packer D and a little more credit to Kapearnick . Looking at film and going against something different for the first time are two different things. Should the defense really have been prepared for the most rushing yards ever by a quarterback?
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    Kaepernick deserves credit for what he was able to do but maybe part of the reason for giving up the most rushing yards to a QB is BECAUSE they weren’t prepared

  90. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    Ah, well, at least we know that the Packers are one of the top 8 teams, and better than the lions, bears, and Vikings.

  91. castleofcheese says: Jan 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    That one was painful to watch. Congrats to 49ers fans. Your team was clearly the best one on the field Saturday night. I hope the Packers can regroup in the offseason. I’d really hate to see them squander the prime of Rodgers’ career with this lousy defense.

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