Anytime a player records 444 total yards and scores four touchdowns in a postseason game, the sports nation will take notice. This was the case for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who is on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated after he ran all over the Green Bay Packers like gazelle.
On the cover is not only Kaepernick, but also a head shot of Jim Harbaugh with his mouth open in amazement next to a headline reading, “HOLY! Shout It From The Mountaintop, Jim — You Were Dead On About Colin Kaepernick.”
What immediately came to mind when I saw this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated with Kaepernick on the cover was the so-called SI cover jinx. The urban legend goes that anytime a player or team appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the success they previously experienced vanishes because being on the cover gives them bad luck. Now, I am not one to give in to conspiracy theories, but with the big, unexpected game Kaep just had it has me a little worried. If not for the sole fact that the 49ers were also featured on SI’s cover the week of last year’s NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. We all know how that game ended.
Kaepernick only appears on the west coast version of SI’s cover, while Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens appears on the east coast cover. So if both teams lose, 49ers and Ravens fans can blame it all on Sports Illustrated instead of Kyle Williams and Billy Cundiff this time around.
Win, Win, Loss
In case you haven’t noticed the 49ers have had a steady pattern of wins and losses this season. For every two wins this season, San Francisco followed it up with a loss. After winning the past two games it is time for the Niners to break this pattern with a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Week 1 vs. Green Bay: Win (30-22)
Week 2 vs. Detroit: Win (27-19)
Week 3 vs. Minnesota: Loss (24-13)
Week 4 vs. New York Jets: Win (34-0)
Week 5 vs. Buffalo: Win (45-3)
Week 6 vs. New York Giants: Loss (26-3)
Week 7 vs. Seattle: Win (13-6)
Week 8 vs. Arizona: Win (24-3)
Wee 9: Bye Week
Week 10 vs. St. Louis: Tie (24-24 (OT))
Week 11 vs. Chicago: Win (32-7)
Week 12 vs. New Orleans: Win (31-21)
Week 13 vs. St. Louis: Loss (16-13 (OT))
Week 14 vs. Miami: Win (27-13)
Week 15 vs. New England: Win (41-34)
Week 16 vs. Seattle: Loss (42-13)
Week 17 vs. Arizona: Win (27-13)
NFC Divisional Round vs. Green Bay: Win (45-31)
NFC Championship vs. Atlanta: ???