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QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 233Born: 10-3-1987College: NevadaDrafted: Round 2

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Week 9: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Colin Kaepernick threw 24/39 for 263 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Denver prior to the 49ers bye, but he was sacked six times for -53 yards and eventually exited early during a 17-42 beat down in Mile High Stadium. Two games ago, he threw 22/35 for 343 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks taken) at St. Louis - and here is the same opponent coming to San Francisco after a week' rest for the 49ers! This matchup looks favorable for the 49ers' passing attack. Last time around the block, the 49ers receivers shared around the TDs, with nine targets for 7/94/1 receiving flowing to Anquan Boldin; one for 1/80/1 going to Brandon Lloyd; and eight for 3/49/1 landing in Michael Crabtree's hands - only Steve Johnson (six for 5/53/0) among the lead wide receivers missed out on the scoring bonanza. The Rams' pass D coughed up 24/28 for 218 net yards passing to Alex Smith last week (zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks for -8 yards taken). Two games ago, Russell Wilson bombed them for 23/36 yielding 292 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -21 yards. To date St. Louis has allowed 11 passing scores vs. just three interceptions (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and only six sacks (dead last) generated. This s not a feared pass D, folks. Advantage, San Francisco.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs KC 14 26 201 1 0 10 18 0 0
6 at STL 22 36 343 3 0 3 37 0 0
7 at DEN 24 39 263 1 1 3 18 0 0
9 vs STL PROJ-Dodds 21 31 * * * 8 * * *
9 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 18 29 * * * 9 * * *
9 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 20 29 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs STL (22 / 36 / 343 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 37 / 0 rush)

This was not a great performance from Kaepernick and the 49ers offense through the first 29 and minutes, but a late score in the first half turned everything around. Kaepernick's first throw was nearly picked off when a corner jumped a slant route and his second drive ended on a Vance McDonald fumble. Early in the game the 49ers focused on short passes over the middle and Anquan Bolding turned one of those short passes into a 28 yard gain early in the first quarter. After a mostly uneventful first half, Kaepernick stepped up into a clean pocket and hit a wide open Brandon Lloyd for an 80 yard touchdown to end the half. Lloyd had run a stop and go, beating his man by 4 steps. He had to slow to catch the pass, but not enough to prevent him from sprinting to the end zone untouched. The 49ers followed that with an 80 yard touchdown drive to start the second half and the game script was completely flipped. The drive included Kaepernick's first big run of the day, a 23 yard scramble after protection had broken down. After overthrowing Michael Crabtree twice on the drive, Kaepernick made one of his special plays to end the drive. He rolled left to avoid pressure and threw across his body, lofting a perfect pass in the back of the end zone to Boldin for the score. Kaepernick finally hooked up with Crabtree at the end of the third quarter for his third touchdown pass of the night. Crabtree ran a precise post-corner-post route and found himself wide open over the middle for the 32 yard score. Kaepernick lost his 4th touchdown later in the game due to confusion between Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald which resulted in a dropped pass in the end zone. He also had an opportunity to score on a naked bootleg but wisely went out of bounds instead of diving for the pylon with a two score lead. Once again, the 49ers played barely more than 30 minutes of good offense, but that's all they needed in this one. Kaepernick was not as active in the run game this week and played it smart when he did take to the ground.

2014 Week 7 vs DEN (24 / 39 / 263 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

The game script, the Broncos pass rush, and more offensive line injuries really hurt Kaepernick in this one. His receivers didn't help much either. He was 3/8 in the 1st quarter including 2 drops. He found some rhythm to start the second quarter, driving the team 83 yards to the Denver 4, but a drop by Anquan Boldin on a sure touchdown ended that drive. His best throw of the drive was a 12 yard slant to Brandon Lloyd that was very well placed. His first run of the game came at the 2 minute warning of the 1st half, on 2nd and 22. He picked up 7 and then hit Lloyd for a huge gain on the next play. He was rolling left on the play and found Lloyd wide open down the left sideline for 37 yards. Kaepernick rolled left again on the next play and hit Steve Johnson at the 4, which set up his only touchdown. Johnson streaked along the end line and Kaepernick found him over the middle for a 4 yard score. Whatever momentum was gained was lost on the team's first drive of the third quarter. Kaepernick made a terrible throw off his back foot, overshooting Johnson for an easy interception by Aqib Talib. The 49ers had 3 straight 3-and-outs to follow, leading to a 42-10 deficit. Kaepernick led one last drive with the game already decided. He led the team down to the Broncos 8 before a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree was called back for penalty. He was sacked two plays later and the 49ers couldn't convert. Kaepernick's legs were almost a non-factor in this one and his offensive line did a poor job protecting him. He made a couple of great throws, but not near enough to matter.


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