Kaepernick gave 49ers best QB production in a decade

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Kaepernick gave 49ers best QB production in a decade
January 1, 2014, 9:15 am
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Colin Kaepernick’s passer rating of 91.6 was the highest for a full-time 49ers quarterback since Jeff Garcia’s 94.8 rating in 2001. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA – The hype machine was running full blast for quarterback Colin Kaepernick throughout the offseason as he entered his first full year as the 49ers’ starter.

As it turned out, Kaepernick was not a candidate for NFL MVP. Nor was he selected to the Pro Bowl.

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Was his season a disappointment? Hardly. In fact, Kaepernick gave the 49ers more production from the quarterback position than the franchise has seen in more than a decade.

Kaepernick took every meaningful snap this season as the 49ers finished 12-4. They were in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the NFC until the final Sunday of the season.

He threw for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns – the highest totals for a 49ers quarterback since Jeff Garcia threw for 3,344 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2002. (Garcia was chosen to the Pro Bowl that season.)

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Kaepernick’s passer rating of 91.6 was the highest for a full-time 49ers quarterback since Garcia’s 94.8 rating in 2001.

And Kaepernick was also the second-most successful running quarterback in franchise history. He gained 524 yards and four touchdowns on 92 rushing attempts. Steve Young is the only 49ers quarterback to gain more rushing yards in a season. He had 537 yards in 1992.

Kaepernick was playing his best football at the end of the season, too. The 49ers ended on a six-game winning streak, and Kaepernick threw 10 touchdowns with one interception during the stretch of games to conclude the regular season.