With both Jay Cutler and Alex Smith out due to concussions, both back ups Jason Campbell and Colin Kaepernick were set to lead their teams on Monday night at Candlestick Park. Both the Bears and the Niners are known for their dominant defenses, as well as their outstanding running backs Matt Forte and Frank Gore. What everyone expected, myself included, was a conservative, low scoring game played mostly on the ground. We were wrong.
In Colin Kaepernick’s first NFL start, which ended up not only being on the national stage but in primetime as well, he led an amazing aerial assault on the completely stunned Bears defense. Kaepernick was 16/23 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and most importantly, no turnovers. Campbell, on the other hand was only able to throw for 58 yards total and two INTs.
It was nice to finally see Vernon Davis not only more involved but at the top of the list of receivers for the day with six catches for 83 yards. Mario Manningham was close behind with 2 catches for 60 yards.
The Niner defense dominated the field as well with second year rookie Aldon Smith racking up 5.5 sacks moving him into first place in the league. The Bears were held to 143 total yards versus the Niners total of 355. It was a very complete game for the entire 49er team.
The story now is who will start for the Niners come Sunday in New Orleans? Harbaugh stated in his post game press conference that he usually goes with the one who “has the hot hands” which he says both QBs have. I don’t know how anyones hands could be hotter than Kaepernick’s after this Monday night beat down, but good luck to Harbaugh in choosing.