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December 15, 2013
Halftime: Kaepernick hot as 49ers take 17-7 lead

The 49ers' two-minute offense is revving again. The two-minute defense? Not so much.

Colin Kaepernick hit tight end Vernon Davis for a 52-yard touchdown after the two-minute warning, Davis' 12th touchdown on the season. But with 1:47 remaining, the Buccaneers went 80 yards for their own score, a touchdown from Mike Glennon to receiver Vincent Jackson.

Until that drive, the Buccaneers had gained only 18 yards in a half dominated by the 49ers.They held the ball for 18:23, and Kaepernick is having his best game since Week 1. The 49ers' quarterback is 11-13 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating is 153.7. The highest rating possible is 158.3.

His four-yard toss to Michael Crabtree in the first quarter was Crabtree's first touchdown since the Super Bowl, and it made him the only other 49er aside from Davis and Anquan Boldin to catch a touchdown this year.

Kaepernick has been particularly good while moving out of the pocket. The throw to Crabtree came with him running to his right, and he's hit Crabtree and fullback Bruce Miller on similar passes. Kaepernick also has run three times for 32 yards, twice picking up first downs. Davis leads all pass catchers with four grabs for 77 yards.

Last week against the Seahawks, the 49ers scored just before halftime and kicked a game-winning field goal with 26 seconds remaining. That is, their two-minute offense - dormant earlier this season - appears to have woken up.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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