As the most watched sporting event in the country every single year, the Super Bowl is a pressure-filled situation for the players involved on both teams participating. Playing on the NFL’s biggest stage isn’t something that every player will experience during their time in the NFL and makes the pressure that much more intense with the thought to this being the only chance at winning a Super Bowl ring.
In his second year in the league, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has gone from Alex Smith’s backup to arguably one of the best players in the NFL. Kaepernick’s style of play has been the missing piece to the championship puzzle for the 49ers and his performance against the Baltimore Ravens may very well be the difference between winning and losing for San Francisco.
Kaepernick talked about the added pressure of the Super Bowl and how it hasn’t impacted him so far praising the team’s preparation via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“I’ve said this before: Pressure, I feel like, comes from lack of preparation. This isn’t going to be a pressure situation, it is going to be a matter of going out there and performing physically,” Kaepernick said after the 49ers arrived in New Orleans.
Although Kaepernick has had limited time as a starter under center for the 49ers, the second-year pro talks more like a veteran rather than an inexperienced quarterback heading into the biggest game of his life.
It remains to be seen whether or not Kaepernick ultimately folds under the pressure of the Super Bowl on Sunday, but as the game draws near, the up-and-comer appears to be one cool customer confident in his team’s game plan headed into the showdown with the Ravens.
Baltimore on the other hand will be focusing on Kaepernick with the goal of shutting down the quarterback in order to gain a decisive edge over San Francisco. Ray Lewis and company will be highly motivated to continue riding the underdog label going up against one of the best teams in the NFC with containing Kaepernick the team’s number one priority on defense.