Frank Gore was the catalyst for the 49ers’ offense once more as he ran the ball 24 times for 70 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick helped on the ground as well with 68 yards and ran for his first touchdown of the season, a 20 yard second quarter scamper. It was the first time since week 2 in Seattle that Kaepernick was successful with his legs and it was the first time all season that Kaep looked like the guy that guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year.
In week one against the Packers, Kaepernick looked great passing the ball against a defense that was geared up to stop the run and was essentially giving him huge windows to throw the football and ended up shredding that weak zone defense.
Seattle, however, played man to man coverage and Kapernick didn’t have the same success. He struggled the next few games after that as defenses made adjustments. Then the 49ers went to the run and everything changed.
Whether Kaepernick struggles or whether he gets on a hot streak, the core of this football team is running the football. Frank Gore is one of the most underrated running backs in this league and the chemistry he has built with his offensive line is astonishing. His patience to find lanes is amazing and getting him the ball more has resulted in victories.
This past game, San Francisco decided to break out the read-option, a weapon the offense used often last year but hasn’t this year. Maybe it was because defenses had adjusted well to it or maybe because the organization was trying to keep their quarterback healthy but the bottom is that this team needs Kaepernick to run if they want to go all the way this year. Kaepernick is a big, big man that is capable of out running everybody on the field at any given point in a game, so why not make him a ball carrier more often?
Kaepernick has shown in the past that he can win games throwing the ball, especially from what he did in last years playoffs, but that was with Michael Crabtree in the lineup. Atlanta and Baltimore also played him like the Packers did in week one, freeing up spots in the football field in attempts to keep him in the pocket.
At 5-2, with all the injuries and key losses and after struggling briefly, the San Francisco 49ers are poised for a strong finish once they get all their weapons back. One of those weapons is Colin Kapernick’s legs. Let the man run, let the man get out into the open field and just sit back and watch linebackers and defensive backs try to catch him.
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