Call it selective memory, if you will.
Atlanta safety William Moore was asked earlier this week about the lone time he faced Colin Kaepernick in college, when Moore was at Missouri and Kaepernick at Nevada. And by Moore's exhale and reaction, you would have thought Kaepernick and the Wolf Pack had run wild over the Tigers.
"The option," Moore said, "was a problem. That dude, yeah, he's pretty good, man."
Yeah, Kaepernick ran for 71 yards on eight carries on Sept. 13, 2008, including a 35-yard burst. But Mizzou blew out UNR that day, 69-17. No doubt, then, that Kaepernick made a big impression on Moore, one that lasts to this day.
"I like where he's at right now and what type of player he's grown to be," Moore said. "I look forward to playing him this week. He went in there and made a statement in San Fran. It's our job to contain him.
"Players like that, you can't stop; you just contain them…he's going to show up. And it's our job to show up with him."
Kaepernick is coming off his record 181-yard rushing day, so no doubt the Moore and the Falcons believe Kaepernick and the zone-read option will be at the forefront of the 49ers' attack Sunday in the NFC title game at the Georgia Dome.
So how do the Falcons make Kaepernick less eager to run the ball against them?
"That's one of those things where if you get the opportunity to blow somebody up and make a statement," Moore said, "that's what you want to do."
Saying it is easier than doing it, though.
"This is the championship," Moore said. "No guy's going to lay down after you smack him. He going to come back and try to get you, so you've got be prepared for it."