Whether or not the 49ers beat the Packers, Colin Kaepernick has already justified Jim Harbaugh's decision to go with the second-year player over Alex Smith. If anyone doubts that, point them to the fact that he now holds the record for most rushing yards in a playoff game by a quarterback in NFL history.
Kaepernick took the record with his 12th run of the night, a 56-yard jet to the end zone to put the Niners up 31-24. It was one of several designed runs for Kaepernick and it paid off in spades, with the speedy Nevada product booking it down the sideline after a play-action fake, completely untouched.
It also reminded me of the illustration Holly Anderson of SI.com (then of Yahoo!) put together a few years ago:
Kaepernick's animal spirit is dangerous and it will take you out via the air or the ground, whatever is your preference.
What's really worth watching, though, is Kaepernick's place in the all-time ranks for rushing yards in a single playoff game by anyone.
He's just the 28th player with 160 rushing yards or more in a single playoff game in NFL history. Eric Dickerson holds the record with 248 and that looks way out of reach, but the tune one that would change pretty quickly if Kaepernick got around the corner of the Packers defense again.