Colin Kaepernick shines for San Francisco 49ers in win over Bears

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

With starter Alex Smith out, Colin Kaepernick was excellent in his first career NFL start.

Colin Kaepernick was impressive on Monday night, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 32-7 rout of the Chicago Bears. The second-year backup quarterback impressed Chicago writers like Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Biggs wrote, "Known for his running ability, Kaepernick carved up the secondary from the start to catch the Bears -- in particular safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte -- off guard."

Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. It was his first career start, and he finished with a passer rating of 133.1. Chicago's pass defense had been one of its strengths all season. Prior to Monday night, the Bears had allowed just eight passing touchdowns in nine games.

His stellar performance now puts the starting quarterback job in play. Starter Alex Smith was out on Monday with a concussion, but he is expected to be available next week against the New Orleans Saints. Coach Jim Harbaugh told the media, "We'll see. Usually tend to go with the guy who's got the hot hand."

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