Kap earns Super Bowl berth

Former Wolf Pack quarterback leads 49ers to first Super Bowl berth since '95

1/22/2013 | By: Staff Report  |

His numbers weren't as jaw-dropping as the week previous, but during Sunday's NFC Championship game victory over the Atlanta Falcons, former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick did everything  a winning quarterback should do in his San Francisco 49ers' 28-24 win.

Kaepernick completed 16 of 21 passes, throwing for 233 yards and a touchdown in leading the 49ers from a 17-0 deficit to their first Super Bowl berth since 1995.

In the 49ers' divisional round victory over the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 20 in San Francisco, Kaepernick posted some staggering numbers:  an NFL quarterback rushing record of 181 yards to go with 263 yards passing.

When Kaepernick lines up behind center (or a few yards from the center in a Wolf Pack-inspired version of the "Pistol" offense) a little after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans for a Super Bowl XLVII matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, he will become the first Wolf Pack player to appear in a Super Bowl since 1996.

Kaepernick, a 2010 University graduate, is the eighth Wolf Pack football player to make it to the Super Bowl. Terry Hermeling, a Wolf Pack offensive lineman from the late 1960s, was the first, starting at left tackle for the Washington Redskins in the 1973 Super Bowl.


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