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Super Bowl 2013 prop bets: Can Colin Kaepernick compare with Steve Young's MVP performance?

Steve Young had one of the best Super Bowls of all-time, but second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be able to best him in the rushing statistics.


Among the list of funny Super Bowl prop bets, including the color of the Gatorade used to dunk the winning coach, are some very interesting historical matchups that are tough to weigh. Three such matchups on sports betting website, Bovada, look to compare the performance San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the performance of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young in Super Bowl XXIX.

In one of the greatest Super Bowl performances of all-time, Young earned the game's MVP award after he led the 49ers to a 49-26 victory with a Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes. His final stat-line for the game was 26-of-36 passing for 325 yards with six touchdown and no interceptions as well as 49 yards rushing on five carriers, including a 21-yard rush.

Those numbers are lofty and will certainly be very tough for Kaepernick to keep up with, although the talented second-year quarterback may be able to challenge parts of the performance. On Bovada, Kaepernick's passing yardage, rushing yardage and longest rush are able to be compared to Young's.

While Kaepernick gets an 89.5-yard gift from the bettors in the passing game, his total rushing yards and longest rush have been left as even and the question is simply whether or not he'll reach the 49 and 21 yard marks.

After taking over as the starting quarterback for the 49ers in November, Kaepernick rushed for 50 or more yards just three times, while he finished with 31 or fewer in five games. In the divisional round of the playoffs he exploded for 181 yards rushing against the Green Bay Packers before settling for just 21 yards on two carries against the Atlanta Falcons.

On Sunday, he'll face the No. 20-ranked Baltimore Ravens defense, but his ability to run the ball will likely be predicated on the scheme of the defense and what they decide to force Kaepernick to do.