By: Kyle Caso (@3_pointz)
"It looks as if as long as that quarterback is carrying out that fake, he loses his right as a pocket passer and rules that govern that," Clay Matthews said a few days prior to the Sunday matchup. Jim Harbaugh responded by saying "It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder. A man usually doesn't tell you his bad intentions. You know what's being said publicly, not what's being said privately. I hope their intent is not going to be anything that's not within the rules."
In the first quarter Collin Kaepernick would start his historic start of the season by leading his team up the field. Down the line the 49ers were in need of a first down to keep the drive alive so Kaepernick scrambled out side the pocket once the play collapsed but as he went out of bounds Clay Matthews levels him and that's when the fights started to break out. Penalties were thrown left and right. Clay Matthews would be a pest the rest of the game but in the end Kaepernick would get the final laugh.
Kaepernick would go on to have a historic performance. He became the first quarterback in 49ers history to throw for 300 yards on opening day since Jeff Garcia in 2001. And a little side note, Jeff Garcia had 335 yards while Mr. Kaepernick had 412 yards.
Kaepernick surprised us by making use of TE Vernon Davis. Last year, if you remember, Davis complained about not getting enough balls thrown his way and Kaepernick really didn't find him, but all that changed on Sunday. Kaepernick connected with Davis six times for 98 yards.
If you think Kaepernick to Davis was impressive, think again. Anquan Boldin, former Baltimore Raven, caught over half of Kaepernick's yards. Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Hopefully Kaepernick can keep up this level of play. He is most likely the hardest quarterback to prepare for and a pain in the butt to defend. Kaepernick has the skill set to be the best quarterback of this new generation.