The Colin Kaepernick era in San Francisco has hit its first speed bump. After two straight wins where the second-year quarterback looked like the new face of the franchise, the Nevada product made several mistakes that led the 49ers 16-13 overtime loss against the Rams. Despite the loss, head coach Jim Harbaugh has declared Kaep the starter against the Dolphins, who come to Candlestick with a young quarterback of their own.
Ryan Tannehill has shown flashes of his first-round pedigree, leading the Dolphins to a comeback win over Seattle in Week 12. But six interceptions to just two touchdowns in Miami's last four games classify the young quarterback as a work in progress rather than a win-now solution.
The 49ers are convinced that Kaepernick is their guy after he shocked the world with a memorable Monday Night Football performance against the Bears in Week 11. Kaep originally replaced Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion against St. Louis in Week 10. But Smith has become Wally Pipp with the success of Kaepernick, who will look to put distance between his 49ers and the upstart Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.
Game Time/Schedule: Sunday, December 9; 4:05pm ET
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
TV Schedule: CBS
TV Distribution Map: The506
Radio Schedule: KSAN-FM 107.7/ KNBR-AM 680