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Super Bowl 2013: Colin Kaepernick has Ravens' respect

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Colin Kaepernick earned high praise from Ravens defenders this week before the Super Bowl. How will the 49ers quarterback handle Ray Lewis and Co.?

Harry How

Colin Kaepernick is playing his best football for the San Francisco 49ers just before the Super Bowl, and has earned full respect from the Baltimore Ravens, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs both had high praise for second-year quarterback.

"I like the way (Kaepernick) plays," Suggs said. "He's good for the game, him and Robert Griffin III. I like his game."

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Lewis, meanwhile, threw out the terms "freakish" when talking about Kaepernick's athletic ability. He compared Kaepernick to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham. Both Kaepernick and Cunningham, it just so happens, graduated from the University of Nevada.

"(Kaepernick) can run very, very well," Lewis said. "A good athlete. You can tell he is a real good athlete. I am fond of the kid."

Defenses have struggled to slow down Kaepernick and the 49ers' read-option package throughout the regular season and the playoffs. Through two games in the postseason, Kaepernick has 698 total yards of offense and five total touchdowns. The Ravens have been hit-or-miss defending dual-threat quarterbacks this season. They gave up more than 400 yards of offense to Michael Vick in Week 2, but were able to hold Griffin to a relatively modest 242 yards passing, 34 yards rushing and one touchdown in Week 14.