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December 19, 2012
Four TDs earn Kaepernick player-of-the-week honor


Colin Kaepernick, who out-dueled Tom Brady in Brady's own building Sunday, was named the NFC Player of the Week this morning. Making just his fifth-ever start, Kaepernick was 14-25 for 216 yards with four touchdowns and a 107.7 passer rating in a steady rain in Foxboro, Mass. According to the NFL, Kaepernick is one of only three quarterbacks to throw four touchdowns at Gillette Stadium. Brady, of course, is one. Peyton Manning is the other.

It's the same honor Alex Smith received after going 18-19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Arizona on Oct. 29. Smith suffered a concussion in the next game and hasn't started since.

For the 49ers organization, seeing two quarterbacks win the same award in the same year is rare but not unheard of. Joe Montana and Steve Young did it in 1988 and 1990; Young and Steve Bono accomplished the feat in 1991.

The last team to have quarterback teammates win NFC Player of the Week in the same season was the 2011 Packers with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn.

- 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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