Kaepernick on Super Bowl: 'Last few plays wasn't the problem'
Colin Kaepernick was 16-for-28 for 302 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the 34-31 Super Bowl loss. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated his speed after the 49ers' Super Bowl loss when he got a head start on his preparations for the 2013 season.
Kaepernick began training almost immediately after the final game. He spent seven weeks in Atlanta at CES Performance. He worked out with track world-class track athletes, as well as teammates A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette, he said.
"Just to get better," Kaepernick said Wednesday. "We ran, we threw, we worked out. Trying to make sure we were a step ahead of the game."
Kaepernick enters his third NFL season and his first full year as the 49ers' starting quarterback. He played very well in 10 starts after taking over for Alex Smith. But the sting remains from the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Kaepernick threw for 302 yards and rushed for 62 in the Super Bowl. The 49ers rolled up 468 yards of total offense but were stopped 5 yards short of the go-ahead points late in the fourth quarter.
"You're going to watch the film, and take what's good and what's bad and try to improve on it," Kaepernick said. "Hopefully, we're in the same position next year and finish it the right way."
When asked specifically about the final sequence for the 49ers' offense, Kaepernick pointed the blame at an ineffective first half. The 49ers trailed 28-6 before touching the football in the second half.
"What most people don't realize is the last few plays weren't the problem," Kaepernick said. "It was the first half. We didn't execute in the first half like we should have. So we shouldn't have been in that situation."