It’s hard to imagine that Alex Smith’s job is not safe after 20 of the team’s last 26 games and being the third-rated passer in the league, but that is the case after Colin Kaepernick came out and put on an incredible performance for the 49ers on the NFL’s center stage.
Kaepernick went 16-of-23 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded a passer rating of 133.1.
The opportunity to put his skills on display on the national stage was just what Kaepernick needed to show he was the real deal and the future of the San Francisco 49ers.
In his previous appearances this season, Kaepernick has made plays with his legs. However, he wanted to show the world that he was just as dangerous with his arm. On the night, Kaepernick rushed the ball only four times for twelve yards.
After the night, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh added fuel to the fire when he was asked who the team’s starting quarterback would be next week.
“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said during the post-game press conference. “I tend to go with the hot hand.”
It’s hard to find a hotter hand in the league than Kaepernick, so that leaves the door open for the dynamic dual-threat quarterback to make his second career start next week against the New Orleans Saints.