Following the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick shouldered the blame for the San Francisco 49ers falling short on the NFL’s biggest stage in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kaepernick said the following via Matt Maicocco of CSNBayArea.com:
“I feel like I made too many mistakes for us to win,” Kaepernick said.
Coming into Super Bowl XLVII, the 49ers had a flawless record with five appearances and five titles.
Over the course of those five Super Bowl titles, the 49ers were led by Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young. Neither Montana nor Young threw a single interception in any Super Bowl appearance, but Kaepernick became the first member of the franchise to do so against the Ravens throwing an interception to Ed Reed.
Kaepernick finished with solid numbers regardless of the first interception in a Super Bowl in franchise history. The up-and-coming quarterback threw for 302 yards and a touchdown finishing with a passer rating of 91.7. Along with the first 300-yard passing game of his career in the NFL, Kaepernick was also a force with his feet against the Ravens rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown on seven carries while setting a Super Bowl record with a 15-yard touchdown run which was the first by a quarterback.
Although Kaepernick has taken the blame for the 49ers’ loss to the Ravens, the 25-year-old played well and came only a touchdown shy of winning his first Super Bowl title for San Francisco.
As a result of Kaepernick’s impressive season, the team will likely look to sign the up-and-comer to a long-term deal in the near future. Veteran Alex Smith will more than likely be released or traded at some point in the coming months leaving Kaepernick as the starter and face of the franchise moving forward.