It’s hard to believe that Colin Keapernick was kept on the bench for half the season by Alex Smith. There was much controversy surrounding Jim Harbaugh’s decision to bench the very capable Alex Smith for the second year backup, but all that talk will forever cease after Kaepernick‘s masterful and record breaking performance against the Green Bay Packers.
Michael Vick rushed for 119 yards in a playoff game back in 2004, and that was an NFL record until Kaepernick played in his first postseason game of his career. As if in a college football game (or a game of Madden 13), Kaepernick went off for over 180 yards rushing and smashed Vick’s previous record by more than 50 yards.
Keapernick‘s biggest run of the night was a Vick-like 56 yard dash that gashed the Packers defense and made the score 35-24 at the time. That would eventually balloon to a 45-24 lead in the fourth quarter, but it was no doubt a momentum shifter to end all momentum shifters.
Alex Smith had plenty of people in his corner when it came to the decision to bench him in favor of the unproven Kaepernick. But even Smith can’t argue with the numbers that were put up in an NFC playoff game by the second year kid. Smith better have enjoyed his time in San Francisco, as any hope that Keapernick would mess up his chance in the postseason was dashed and gashed much like the Packers defense was by Keapernick‘s legs on Saturday night.