San Francisco 49ers: Top 20 games in franchise history

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2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs Against Green Bay Packers

En route to Super Bowl XLVII, Colin Kaepernick began his playoff career much in the same explosive manner that he began his regular season career. This time, rather than his arm, it was his feet.

Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards in a record-setting performance that led the 49ers to a 45-31 win that never felt in doubt. Kaepernick’s 181 yards came on just 16 rushing attempts in addition to 263 yards passing with two touchdowns.

In short, Kaepernick had completely dominated the Green Bay Packers. As impressive as Alex Smith had been throughout Harbaugh’s time as head coach, Kaepernick had officially secured the starting job. The Packers seemed to have no match for Kaepernick’s talents and the 49ers rode those talents to Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens.

The game was a signature moment in Kaepernick’s career, cementing him as a dynamic athlete that the league would quickly need to learn to defend.

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