49ers Season Preview

Is it Super Bowl or bust for the 49ers?

Despite rise to stardom, Kaepernick just scratching the surface


In the moments after the crushing defeat, Colin Kaepernick accepted responsibility for what occurred.

"I feel like I made too many mistakes for us to win," said a downcast Kaepernick in the aftermath of the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Kaepernick threw for 302 yards -- his first time eclipsing the 300-yard mark as an NFL passer. He also rushed for 62 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run, the longest in Super Bowl history from a quarterback.

But a couple of overthrown balls and a failure to get into the end zone on three pass attempts from the Ravens' 5-yard line in the closing minutes sent Kaepernick into the offseason with an unfulfilled checklist.

All the work in the offseason to improve physically and mentally was with only one goal in mind for his first full season as the 49ers' starting quarterback.

"It's very motivating," Kaepernick said of the Super Bowl loss. "You don't want that to happen again. I think everybody in this locker room knows our expectations are to get back and win it."

So Kaepernick set out to get better -- a lot better -- than the quarterback who blasted onto the scene when he replaced Alex Smith in the middle of the season. His play prompted the 49ers to trade Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

Kaepernick, the new face of the 49ers franchise, has also assumed the rare distinction as a “franchise quarterback.”

Kaepernick completed 62.4 percent of his passes in his seven regular-season starts. He threw for 1,814 yards and 10 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Kaepernick also rushed for 415 yards and five touchdowns.

In three postseason games, including the Super Bowl, he averaged 266 yards passing and 88 yards rushing per game. He threw four touchdown passes and rushed for three scores.

Kaepernick's signature game was his first playoff appearance. A couple kneeldowns at the end of the 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers lowered his rushing total a couple of yards, but he still finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 16 attempts.

[REWIND: Kaepernick runs wild with limelight]

Kaepernick's performance set the NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in any regular- or postseason game.

The Packers spent a good portion of the offseason studying ways to defend the read option, which Kaepernick helped popularize out of the pistol formation. And Green Bay does not have to wait long to get another crack at Kaepernick. The teams open the regular season on Sunday at Candlestick Park.


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19/14vs. MinW 20-3
29/20@ PitL 43-18
39/27@ AriL 47-7
410/4vs. GBL 17-3
510/11@ NYGL 30-27
610/18vs. BalW 25-20
710/22vs. SeaL 20-3
811/1@ StLL 27-6
911/8vs. AtlW 17-16
10Bye Week
1111/22@ SeaL 29-13
1211/29vs. Ari1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET21:05 GMT5:05 AM 北京时间2:05 PM MST4:05 PM EST3:05 PM CT1:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ET19:05
1312/6@ Chi10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
1412/13@ Cle10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
1512/20vs. Cin5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 AM 北京时间6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST7:30 PM CT5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30
1612/27@ Det10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
171/3vs. StL1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
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AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Ravens
AFC South: Colts
Wild cards: Texans, Bengals
AFC Championship: Ravens over Colts

NFC West: 49ers
NFC East: Giants
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
Wild cards: Seahawks, Rams
NFC Championship: Falcons over Packers

Super Bowl: Falcons over Ravens

AFC West: Chiefs
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Bengals
AFC South: Texans
Wild Cards: Broncos, Colts
AFC Championship: Texans over Broncos

NFC West: 49ers
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NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
Wild Cards: Bears, Seahawks
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Super Bowl: Texans over Packers


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AFC South: Jacksonville
Wild cards: Buffalo, Miami
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Wild cards: Minnesota, Carolina
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AFC South: Texans
Wild cards: Bengals, Colts
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NFC South: Falcons
Wild cards: Saints, Bears
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Super Bowl - Broncos over Niners


AFC West: Broncos | AFC East: Patriots | AFC North: Bengals | AFC South: Texans

Wild cards: Steelers, Ravens
AFC Championship: Broncos


NFC West: Seahawks | NFC East: Giants | NFC North: Packers | NFC South: Falcons

Wild cards: 49ers, Saints
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