Colin Kaepernick blames himself for 49ers’ Super Bowl loss

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San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an outstanding game in defeat at Super Bowl XLVII, with 302 passing yards and 62 rushing yards. But after the game, Kaepernick put the loss on his own shoulders.

I feel like I made too many mistakes for us to win,” Kaepernick said, via

Kaepernick appeared to throw the ball too high on his lone interception, although receiver Randy Moss didn’t give him much help by never even making an effort to catch the ball. Kaepernick appeared to be particularly down about that throw, as well as a lost fumble by LaMichael James that ended another 49ers first-half drive.

“Things weren’t working in the first half,” Kaepernick said. “We just didn’t finish our drives. We turned the ball over a couple times. That was the difference in the game.”

Overall, Kaepernick thought the loss was more about what the 49ers didn’t do than what the Ravens did.

“We stopped ourselves,” Kaepernick said.

The 25-year-old Kaepernick was down after the game, but he’s one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL. There’s a good chance that he’ll be back to the Super Bowl.

84 responses to “Colin Kaepernick blames himself for 49ers’ Super Bowl loss

  1. The Niners put up 31. If you told me before the game they would put up 31, I would have guaranteed a victory. This loss is on the defense and special teams.

    Side note: I wonder how Alex feels?

  2. yeah, the pick sucked. but other than that the offense put up 31 points.

    nope it was the defense that dropped a turd of a performance for the super bowl. 49ers’ secondary was overmatched and lost most of the night. the pass rush was there but just a half step too slow most of the night. the niner defense is the reason they lost.

    oh yeah, have to throw in that special teams kick off return for a TD (though multiple Niners were being held…but still someone one needs to make a tackle).

    also didn’t help that it looked like the refs were paid to make things go the Raven’s way. HORRIBLE OFFICIATING.

  3. The embarassing “we beat ourselves” excuse comes out again. Just admit that the other team was better on the night for goodness sake.

  4. Got to watch him play for the first time and I gotta say, WOW. Now I know why Smith isn’t starting and rightful so.

  5. There’s an even bigger chance he’ll never see the Super Bowl again. Ask Peyton Manning. Ask Dan Marino. Ask Donovan McNabb. For that matter, over the last 9 years, ask Tom Brady.

  6. Can’t blame it on the 9ers.. Flacco is still overrated.. all he does is lobs the ball in the air on 30-40 yard pass and one of these big tall WRs (Jones, Boldin, Smith or Pitta) go get it… what a great group of receivers…

    And Ray Rice was eating rice on the sidelines. (one more non-factor of the game)…

    It was a great SB game (power outage removed)..

    Pats fan!

  7. why didn’t he run the pistol on the last series, I thought he could run left.

    now we have to listen to Ray Ray.

  8. Randy Moss not making an effort? Now, there’s a real shocker! Well, when you’re ” the BEST receiver of all time,” it’s really not necessary to give any kind of EFFORT…is there?

  9. The ravens certainly deserve their due. They played virtually mistake free football and despite the lopsided officiating the 49ers didn’t make the plays they still could have made. All that said CB needs to be #1 priority for this team as well as getting a true #2 receiver on the field. Manningham is solid but not a consistent threat and Moss gave zero effort on the pick. His threat is always there but its no good when you are down at the end and everyone knows that you HAVE to throw to Crabtree because he is the only wr you can trust

  10. It’s going to be interesting to see how the 49ers bounce back. They clearly have some serious vulnerabilities. But they are young and more talented than the team that beat them. Kapernick seems like a leader.

  11. I was taught you win as a team and you lose as a team. Yes he missed some plays but he made a lot of good ones. He also scored 30+ pts and that usually leads to victories.. This team is resilient and I’m expecting them to be even better next yr with a full season of Kaep.

  12. CK you did yourself proud. In the offseason, it’ll be interesting to see if Jim Harbaugh goes out and gets you a certified speed receiver (a difference maker like Vincent Jackson was in 2012). Replace Moss with a WR that actually has heart and plays hard on every down, and you’ve got a return to the big game in your future.

  13. “He’s one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL. There is a good chance he’ll be back to the Super Bowl.”

    So was Dan Marino. There are a lot of intangibles that go into a return trip to the SB.

  14. As a Patriots fan, I’ve seen that lack of effort by Moss too many times. He can make incredible plays, but he also can give up interceptions by not fighting for the ball. Infuriating to watch. Is it a coincidence that he has no rings? How can you not go all out in the Super Bowl?

  15. Kaepernick has a cannon of an arm. Once he learns to put some air under his passes,instead of rifling them through the coverage all the time, he will be one of the best QBs in the league. Everything comes with experience.

  16. He’s right about us beating ourselves. We just didn’t show up for the 1st half and you can’t expect to win a game by only playing half of it.
    I do think the Jones k/o td should have been called back as I thought 2 Ravens were holding one of our guys (Bruce Miller I think) during the return.
    And should Corey Graham even have still been on the field?
    But at the end of the day it was a great game and we just didn’t do enough.
    Secondary needs addressing (TRADE FOR REVIS BAALKE).

  17. Kaepernick is really good Qb, 49ers are lucky to have him and he might win SB in 2015, cause next Super Bowl I need my NY giants to have it.
    its in the land of the brave,,, Oh say.. can yaa

  18. That loss belongs on the shoulders of your defense and special teams, not on you Kap. Chin up kid, and keep at it.

  19. The turnovers did hurt the niners chances, but all in all Kap was game for this SB and help make it a very exciting game. Kap, you have a very bright future kid. I was very impressed with your resiliency all playoffs. Heads up niners, no need to be ashamed of your performance, you played well enough to win. Congrats Ravens, you def earned that Lombardi!

  20. defense is to blame! U give up 3 td in the 1st half. Colin played well enought to win the game. 9ers d needs to look in the mirror. By the way it was the refs who helped ravens win this.

  21. Any team would love to have this man as their QB…! Jaguars, take notice, this is a real QB.

  22. The league will catch up with him next year, he’ll get hit hard.

    I hope they don’t make it back, the 49’ers are the biggest bunch of whiners going.

    Last year they should have beaten the Giants, they Giants beat them in OT but should have beaten them by the 2nd QTR.

    This year they should have beaten the Ravens, without the lighting “accident” they would have lost by 3 touchdowns.

    49’ers and fans, just go away.

  23. This just makes me fully appreciate RG3, he is the best of the young quarterbacks hands down.

  24. Finally a man steps up to the mic from this team. And who would have thought it was the 2nd year guy?

  25. I don’t blame Kaepernick at all. He was amazing. Maybe the only thing I wish he would have done is run the ball in on that last series. It looked like he had an open lane on one of those plays.

    The refs and the 49ers defense were much more responsible for the loss than Kaepernick was.

  26. “We stopped ourselves,” Kaepernick said.

    Frank Gore wholeheartedly agrees.

    What is it with these guys? Has the classless arrogance of their whiny coach really rubbed off on them this much? Be a man and admit that the other team beat you, and be done with it.

  27. It wasn’t just mistakes. Kaepernick left too many plays on the field. Missing Crabtree for a first down in the red zone, Moss wide open in the end zone, and panicking when a full blitz was on, to the extent that he couldn’t throw a controlled pass. He said before the game that he wasn’t feeling pressure, but that was just his inexperience talking — inexperience which made the difference. I still wouldn’t have gone with Alex Smith though — no way he gets them back in the game from 22 down.

  28. He’ll be back in the Super Bowl soon enough, and he doesn’t need to blame himself for the loss. Outside of that INT, he played a great game.

    If the refs actually catch that offsides by Ed Reed on the two point conversion after Colin Kaepernick’s TD run, we may be talking about a different result this morning.

  29. Gutsy 2nd half performance from Kaep, but who drew up those last 4 plays when the Niners needed a touchdown? I don’t know what they thought they saw in the corner of the end zone but it wasn’t working at all. Arrogant stubborn playcalling that cost them the game.

  30. Colin did a great job for in essence a rookie QB in the Super Bowl. I’d be looking at some defensive backs though for making Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana.

  31. “There’s a good chance that he’ll be back to the Super Bowl.”

    Actually, statistically speaking, there’s a much better chance he won’t.

  32. Kap bailed his team out both games prior to the SB. This loss is on SF’s defense and special teams. But the kid is a leader, and he’s owning this. He’ll be back.

  33. There’s a lot of blame to go around (as there often is), but it’s good that he’s holding himself accountable. That interception to Reed was abominable.

    And yeah, the play calling at the end was pretty bad. With close to two minutes left, they could have afforded to run it once or twice, if for no other reason than to not give the ball back to Baltimore with too much time. It was like they were treating each call there like a desperation fourth down.

  34. He can blame himself, but he outplayed Flacco, Niners outplayed the Ravens, and the refs decided the game. You guys can try to dismiss the bad calls, but they won’t be forgotten and this goes down as the worst officiated Super Bowl ever! Shame on the Ravens and their fans for celebrating and shame on the media for attempting to cover it up. A dark day for the NFL.

  35. Two things Donte Whitner is to blame for all 3 touchdowns he can’t cover anybody and Kaep had a run play called but the offense for some reason can’t hustle to the line in a Super Bowl and get the play off in time which I don’t get other than that congrats ravens

  36. Please. the power outage did wonders for his numbers. It was obvious the Ravens’ defense went to sleep.

  37. The reason the Defense gave up all the tds in the first half is from the offense giving great field position after the 3n outs, int, and fumbles.
    After the offense started to hold onto the ball the Defense played better..

  38. fumble by James the refs Blow it down so i dont no how they can reverse that the shouldve reversed that none cll of illegal contact in the end zone or that offensive pass interference call on Torry Smith which wouldve lead to a INT off side on Ed reed on 3rd down holding on the kick off on the ravens shouldve been called FIX

  39. He’s right it is his fault. He was way too nervous and tight in the 1st quarter his passes were off and too high, particularly in the end zone. Even though he played well later, they put themselves in too deep of a hole. You can do that against the Packers or Falcons, but the Ravens weren’t going to give up that kind of lead.

  40. He started a little rough…but so did the entire team. Their biggest issue to fix coming from this playoffs was their slow starts. You’re not going to be able to beat playoff caliber teams consistently falling behind multiple scores.

    Their second biggest issue to fix is their red zone playcalling. To have Kaepernick and Gore (James, too, though maybe his earlier fumble keeps him out of the mix late) and not run at all inside the 10 was a real head-scratcher.

  41. What was it? 1st & Goal @ the 8?
    Three, 3 yard passes to Davis.
    N e thing other than what Jim called for the last series. Bad calls, no calls, whatever. 9’ers should have won it with their final possession.

  42. as a 49er fan, the outcome was disappointing for me…not stopping the ravens on third down multiple times was crucial, especially in the 4th quarter on their last fg drive….one stop on that drive could have made the difference…spotting the ravens a 28-6 lead, and letting Jones run the opening kickoff back in the 2nd half, even though there was multiple holding penalities on that return by the ravens.

    I will agree, the refs swallowed their whistles on multiple plays for both teams, but the bottom line was this….the niners had first and goal on the ravens 7 yd line with 2:39 left…..the niners have the biggest offensive line in football….they could have brought in their backup o lineman, brought in #90 as a fullback, and went to a fullhouse diamond formation and ran the ball all four times, especially with the ravens ng Naoti out of the game with an injury.

    Jim Harbaugh panicked down the stretch, and I was the coach, we would have ran with Kap, Gore, Kap and Gore behind a nine blockers, and if the the ravens would have stopped us, then they would have deserved to win….throwing a fade in the endzone, unless its going to Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson, neither who play for the niners, was useless.

    if they wanted to throw the ball, then they should have lined Vernon Davis up out there and let him go one on one against either Pollard or a lb.

    bottom line, the ravens held on to the lead and won….they deserved it..they had some great veterans who never won jack, like Matt Burk, Ed Reed, T-Sizzle, Anquain Boldin and even the notorious Ray Lewis(regardless of how you look at him)

    the niners will be back…the secondary needs to get better…we need a better pass rush..the smith brothers(Aldin and Justin) dissapeared in the playoffs, no sacks….defensive coordinator Vic Fangio needs to improve on his playcalling too

  43. Just glad we have something else to talk about besides what Ray Lewis did 12 years ago! Bottom line they should have ran what got them there and thats the QB’s ability to run, 8 yards a pop and you throw a fade come on coach.

  44. funny how all the whiner fans are all saying “if we played as good as we did in the second half” blah blah, stupid argument. if bal played as good in the first half this is a non issue. and the niners scored 29, not 31, if your going to count the gimmie safety. congrats to kap, he managed to go down in niners history books, only qb to lose in the sb and throws pick in it! learn how to throw the deep ball, not everything has to be a bullet pass.

  45. Maybe he should worry more about what he does on the field instead of trying to trademark stupid on field stunts. As much as I can’t stand Tammy Brady, at least she doesn’t take the Tim Teabag route to self promotion.

  46. “There’s a good chance that he’ll be back to the Super Bowl.”

    That’s what they said about Dan Marino. Manning’s only been twice in 15 years. Nothing is guaranteed, Kaepernick may never return.

  47. Even with Colin mistakes early. He still had chance to win the game at the end n that’s all u can ask for with any qb

    Yes the play calling at the end was horrible. 3 downs to get 5 yards n no pistol formation he’s not a fade to the corner qb yet because he doesn’t put air under the ball he throws lasers out there. Will come with experience.

    It’s hard to score once inside the ten yard line for lots of teams

    They called a timeout they should of had there 3 best plays ready n u know a blitz is coming why not audible to a run or draw The blitz is nothing new

    Great game though. Flacco made timely throws. That’s what he does

  48. Thought Kaep did a good job. They would make a run, then something would happen. The fumble with James should have been blown dead before they even got to the ball since he was being held up. It would have been if it had been Ray Rice. It was a very poorly officiated game that totally came down against the 49ers. But the 49ers D/ST probably played the worst I have seen them play for a while.

  49. “Finsphan” commenting on a Super Bowl. LOL. You have no right
    to enter this convo or talk smack. Dolphins are a joke. How can you judge what a good QB is? Well I guess since you have had like 16 in 10

  50. Honestly, I think what really sealed it was when the Niners had to take a timeout right before they were going to get a delay of game because Kaep couldn’t get the play off in time.

    Herm Edwards used to say that he had a rule that he never wanted to have to use a timeout in the first or third quarters. There’s a good reason for that.

  51. Honestly, I think this kid has the biggest upside of any of the young great QBs coming up right now. And this is coming from a Skins fan.

  52. A good QB and guy who admits he didnt play good atleast he’s not blaming the refs but if the 9ers would have showed up before the lights went out it wouldnt matter right now

  53. Maybe he should worry less about getting a patent to kiss his Bicep and more about avoiding turn overs. One and done.

  54. If Randy ‘part-time’ Moss wouldn’t have been invisible in the first half and good for only 2 catches in the entire game, perhaps things would be different. ‘Part-time’ was back to his usual self walking through the play if it was a run or he wasn’t the primary receiver. ‘Greatest of all time’ not hardly, in fact it was if he wasn’t really there.

  55. i concur….niners are loaded with talent, ad are set to make some noise for years to come.

    Go Kap, Go WolfPack!

  56. Kaepernick still played a great game for a rookie in the Super Bowl…it was a tough loss, but the sky is the limit for this kid!


    Kaepernick isn’t a rookie. Like the Ravens said, he is still very simple read QB. He stares down receivers nearly every pass and Ed Reed made it look easy. Williams almost got him the very next play. When the Ravens started blitzing him, he did his best Gabbert impression and started playing hot potato. 49ers were getting embarrassed until the power went out and helped them save face. Congrats to the Ravens!

  57. “Kap is a good player, but a giant tool, his touchdown celebration is kissing his muscles. And he tried to copy-write that.”


    He isn’t kissing his muscles, genius. It started when he kissed his tattoos in response to a Sporting News columnist that compared him to “Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California’s state prison”.

    It’s called research, man. Do some.

  58. radrntn says:
    Feb 4, 2013 1:12 PM
    i concur….niners are loaded with talent, ad are set to make some noise for years to come.

    Go Kap, Go WolfPack!

    How exactly are they going to pay these guys? They are almost assuredly going to lose Goldson this offseason.

  59. It will be a long time before Jimmy H speaks to his older brother. I’m afraide he’s going to take this one really hard. Can’t see these two speaking to each other very much over the next month.

  60. People are crushing this kid for his 10th start. Think how Flacco would’ve played in his 10th game. Kaep is going to be a top 10 QB for years to come if he stays healthy unlike the Colts teams or the Dolphins with Marino, the Niners are loaded with talent, they’ll have to replace some guys but we have 11 picks in the draft we can replace and add where we need depth. I say we have better shot at getting back then other teams have had.

  61. He is spot on in his assessment of why they lost…not so much about his own performance, but you can’t give the ball away in key situations and not expect to win. In my mind, they outplayed the Ravens, but it’s what’s on the scoreboard, not the stats, that count.

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