49ers QB Alex Smith was carrying the 3rd best Quarterback Rating in the NFL going into their game with the St. Louis Rams on November 11. In that game, he was concussed from a hit that resulted in Smith missing the remainder of the game and the following matchup with one of the league’s top defenses, the Chicago Bears, on Monday Night Football.
In his stead came Colin Kaepernick, the potential-laden 2nd year player from Nevada. Blessed with a rocket for an arm and the ability to run anywhere on the field, many in San Francisco were excited to see him play.
After throwing for 117 yards passing and rushing for 66 with a touchdown, Kaepernick followed that up with a shockingly strong 243 yards and 2 TD performance vs. the Bears. Following the game, it became obvious during coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference that the “hot hand” was going to remain the starter.