The game was ultimately decided by Colin Kaepernick. Going into the night, many would have guessed that statement meant San Francisco would be going home. Instead, Kaepernick was a one-man band, accumulating over 400 yards of total offense including 183 rushing yards, the most ever by a quarterback in a playoff game.
As written about by the Packers' SB Nation blog ACME Packing Company, Kaepernick spelled doom for Green Bay.
The turning point was a 56-yard touchdown run by Kaepernick on the following 49ers drive, gifted to him whencommitted inside and took his eyes off his assignment completely on a read option play. Kaepernick got to the edge uncontested, then took off down the field for a massive touchdown run. It was a back-breaker for the Packers, who never got back into the game.
Over at Niners Nation, the mood is obviously more excited. With Kaepernick delivering along with a dominant offensive line and a defense that was good enough, anything seems possible for San Fran.
The star of this game was Colin Kaepernick. That's a pretty Captain Obvious statement, but one worth making. Kaepernick set a franchise playoff rushing record, while also setting an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in ANY game. Kaepernick finished with 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 263 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. There were concerns early after he threw a pick-six two minutes into the game, but the young QB bounced back in a big way. If there were any doubts about Kaepernick before, he answered them on one of the biggest stages against a normally decent defense.