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Were the Jets the Catalyst for the 49ers Super Bowl Run?

By Alan Schechter

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) at a press conference at the Marriott New Orleans in advance of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At 6-10, there obviously wasn’t much good to talk about. But, there was one thing that, as I looked at the 2012 box scores and stats that I thought about, and found interesting. It has to do with the 49ers, and their run to the Super Bowl. If you think about it, you could say that in a way, the Jets started the Niners on their run to the Super Bowl.

Prior to the Jets matchup against the 49ers at MetLife stadium, Colin Kaepernick played a grand total of one snap to date. If you remember, we saw a pretty good dose of Kaepernick against the Jets, coming in to change the pace from Alex Smith. He ran the ball 5 times for 50 yards and 1 TD that day, showing us how the read option should look. In the next two games he played a bit more, and although he didn’t take a snap the two weeks after that, he played significant time the week after the bye, started the next week and hasn’t looked back.

One could wonder if Kaep had not played against the Jets, would Harbaugh have started to move in his direction when he did. Who knows? Maybe they stick with Alex Smith, and fall short of playing in yesterday’s game.

So, maybe the Jets did have a successful 2012. Not for THEM, but who’s counting?