Three completions for 35 yards in 2011 certainly didn't foretell a big 2012 from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And although he kept putting up numbers in 2011, tight end Vernon Davis certainly didn't seem like the face of the franchise at the start of 2012.
Now, with a week remaining until the two of the 49ers most integral parts of their late season and playoff success hit the field for the Super Bowl, even New Orleans is recognizing the undeniable hand the two players have had in getting San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII.
Kaepernick and Davis will reportedly bookend the giant NFC Champions banner that will hang from their Canal Street hotel in the French Quarter's garage, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Davis alone has accounted for 150 of Kaepernick's nearly 500 passing yards in the 49ers two victories to get them to the Super Bowl. And Kaepernick's nearly 700 total yards of offensive in the two games for the second-year quarterback who started the season as a back up has been the major reason the 49ers are headed to New Orleans in the first place.