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December 2, 2012
Harbaugh: No quarterback change imminent

ST. LOUIS - Jim Harbaugh all but quashed any notion that Colin Kaepernick's bad pitch and the 49ers' subsequent loss would lead to a change at quarterback.

"I will let you know if there's a change," Harbaugh said afterward. "But right now, I feel as if (the starter vs. Miami) it would be the same this week. And I'm proud of Kap - proud of the way he played. He did some things, some really good things, under a lot of heat and duress and handled himself well, gave our team a chance to win."

Kaepernick was 21-32 for 208 yards. He had a key, 50-yard run that set up David Akers' go-ahead field goal, 13-10, late in the game.

But he also committed by far the game's biggest error - an errant pitch to Ted Ginn with 3:06 remaining and the 49ers in control of the game. Rams rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins recovered the fumble and then rolled into the end zone for St. Louis' only touchdown. The Rams scored on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 10.

Kaepernick, who ran the so-called "Pistol" offense at Nevada is adept at pitch outs, having run them numerous times with the Wolf Pack. It has not been a common play with the 49ers, however, and this was the first attempt to Ginn this season.

"Just pitched it high," Kaepernick said. "My fault all the way. Tried to make a play, should have played it safe. Should have kept it, let the clock run, let our punter get on the field."

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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