Harbaugh: We've got a good 'bad-weather quarterback'
Colin Kaepernick has already distinguished himself as the only QB in 49ers history to win two postseason games in road stadiums. (AP)
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Colin Kaepernick on Sunday did something Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Brodie and Jeff Garcia were unable to accomplish.
Kaepernick has already distinguished himself as the only quarterback in 49ers history to win two postseason games in road stadiums.
Kaepernick and the 49ers won the NFC Championship game at Atlanta last season. And on Sunday, the 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to set up another road game. The 49ers will travel Friday afternoon, which is normal for an eastern trip, for their Sunday game at the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Coach Jim Harbaugh called Kaepernick “a good bad-weather quarterback.”
“Being able to throw a ball that pierces through the elements, the wind,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “He’s shown that in the rain, bad weather, footing, or elements of precipitation. He can pierce a defense with velocity and tightness of the spiral.”
Prior to last season, the 49ers were 2-9 all-time in road playoff games as members of the National Football League. Coincidentally, both came in harsh weather conditions.
In 1970, Brodie’s 1-yard quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter provided the winning margin in a 17-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Metropolitan Stadium. The game was played in 10-degree temperatures with a wind chill of minus-5.
In January of 1989, Montana threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-3 win at Soldier field with the wind-chill factor dipping to minus-26 degrees in the NFC Championship game.
With Montana at quarterback, the 49ers were 1-3 in playoff road games with losses at Washington (1983) and the New York Giants twice (’85 and ’86).
Young started three playoff road games, and the 49ers lost each of those games at Dallas (’93), Green Bay (1996) and Atlanta (’98). Elvis Grbac replaced Young in the Green Bay loss after the first few snaps due to broken and displaced ribs Young sustained the previous week against Philadelphia.
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The 49ers lost two road playoff games with Garcia as the starter: Green Bay (2001) and Tampa Bay (2002).
Alex Smith never started a road playoff game with the 49ers.
Of course, through most of the 1980s and ‘90s the 49ers often held home-field advantage in the playoffs. Before Kaepernick, the 49ers were 19-8 in home playoff games.