Golden Analysis: Kaep’s 56-Yard Playoff Scamper

Back on January 12, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick found his team tied with the Green Bay Packers 24-24 in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. With more than seven minutes left in the third quarter, Kaep dashed for a 56-yard touchdown that set the Niners up for a win.

The 49ers lined up in a singleback pistol formation. They had their fullback, Bruce Miller, lined up alongside the weakside tight end on the left side. They had a slot receiver and a split end to the right.

The Niners then motioned Miller from the far wing slot to the left (and a tad forward) of Kaepernick. This threw the Packers’ defense off guard. Kaep hiked the ball shortly after the motion, allowing little time for the Pack to adjust.

The offensive line, tight end, and wide receivers bolted forward to block. Miller looped around from the left side to the right of the right tackle to block an outside linebacker.

Kaepernick opted out of the handoff to the running back and kept it. Kaep swung far right, and was at one point around five yards behind the line of scrimmage. The signal caller found an alley and darted.

At Green Bay’s 48-yard line, a wide receiver had a long block against a cornerback which allowed Kaepernick to hang right. He would go on to outrun multiple defenders and score a touchdown. The Niners won 45-31.


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