When faced with the decision to rebel against authority, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran the risk, and chose to side with the guy closest to him.
Kaepernick said he went with the judgement of running back Frank Gore instead of the play call sent in by coach Jim Harbaugh, which resulted in Gore’s 2-yard touchdown run.
They were leading 20-17, and Gore had just been stopped on first down.
“We had a different play call and Frank said he wanted the same thing,” Kaepernick said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “I wasn’t about to argue with him.
“I don’t think Coach was too mad because we scored. So it was all right.”
The score was the final offensive touchdown for the 49ers at Candlestick Park, pushing them to the win that clinched a playoff berth.
“I kind of saw the defense, how they were playing, and we were at what? The inch line,” Gore said. “And the ‘backers were playing like 5 yards back. I knew it was a quick hit, and I know I quick-hitted it. I barreled through. I knew they were going to come on top of me because my running style is low.
“I’m happy he listened to me. That the thing I love about Kap. He listens to his teammates.”
Of course, that works right up until the point it doesn’t, at which point Harbaugh might have a little more to say about it.