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Kaepernick overcomes early miscue to rally 49ers with historic half of football

Doug Farrar
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When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a pick-six to Green Bay Packers cornerback San Shields with less than two minutes elapsed in Saturday night's divisional playoff game, it seemed that Kaepernick -- who has a grand total of seven NFL starts -- might have found the postseason spotlight to be a bit too bright.

That was clearly not the case. Kaepernick recovered nicely, and the 49ers led the Packers, 24-21 at the half.

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Through the game's first 30 minutes, Kaepernick amassed 148 yards passing (though on just 11 completions in 23 attempts) for two touchdowns (both to receiver Michael Crabtree) and an interception. But where his real value to the team showed up was in the rushing totals -- he gained 107 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, on just 11 carries. Only Ray Rice and Warrick Dunn have had more rushing yards in the first half of a playoff game in the last 10 years.

The only other quarterbacks to throw for two touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a playoff game? Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre, which puts the second-year man from Nevada in pretty good company.

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