A Childhood Dream is Realized
By: Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Itâ€™s said that in the 4th grade, Colin Kaepernick said, â€œOne day, Iâ€™d like to play for the Packers or the 49ers.â€
Not only was his dream realized in his first NFL start, but Monday night, Kaepernick threw his first career touchdown, in what would become a slaughter of a game against the Chicago Bears. Ending with a score of 32-7, the 49ers held the Bears to a mere 143 yards of offense â€“ their lowest all season, thus far. Not that this was all that surprising â€“ the 49ers WERE the team favored to win, and they have, indeed, beaten the Chicago Bears in the past eight straight home games.
By the time the game was over, Kaepernick would have thrown for 243 yards and two touchdowns, in place of the injured Alex Smith (concussion). Chicago Bearsâ€™ Cutler was also out with a concussion, begging the question, Can the Bears win without him? Kaepernickâ€™s throws were bullet fast and accurate, throughout the evening. He now joins Philip Rivers (2006) and Aaron Rodgers (2008) as the only quarterbacks in the last 10 seasons to win on Monday Night Football in his first career start.
In each of their first four possessions, the 49ers scored.Â The Bears never seemed to recover after that. At halftime, San Francisco was up 20-0. The 49ers held a 236-20 lead in yardage at one point. However, Kaepernick didnâ€™t win this game alone â€“ Aldon Smith set a Monday Night Football record with 5.5 sacks, 1 full sack past the previous 4.5 record.
The 49ers improved to 7-2-1 to expand their NFC West lead over second-place Seattle (6-4). Sunday, the 49ers will face the New Orleans Saints.
Is this 49ers team good enough to be called â€œPlayoff Contendersâ€ this early? My vote is in.