Colin Kaepernick had his worst game as a pro in a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 29-3. Kaepernick threw for a meager 127 yards and a career high three interceptions against the stout Seahawks secondary. Kaepernick constantly looked uncomfortable in the pocket, a stark contrast from his week 1 performance against the Green Bay Packers, where Kaepernick threw for over 350 yards in the pocket.
Kaepernick did not have much help from anyone in his receiving corps. Anquan Boldin, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, was shut down by the best cornerback in the league, Richard Sherman. Boldin usually has an advantage against cornerbacks because he uses his strength to his advantage. But in the case of Richard Sherman, Sherman is stronger and faster than Boldin, making it the worst possible matchup for the ex-Raven. Boldin ended up with just one catch for seven yards because of the lockdown defense by Sherman.
Kaepernick’s other top target from week 1 was Vernon Davis. He was shut down by the Seahawks secondary, managing only three catches for 20 yards. Davis could not use his speed to get open because Kaepernick was constantly getting pressured by the front seven of the Seahawks. When Kaepernick did have time to throw, Kaepernick would be inaccurate, throwing two interceptions, one to Earl Thomas and the other to the most obnoxious player in the league, Richard Sherman. What made matters worse was on the Sherman pick, Davis pulled his hamstring, rendering him useless for the rest of the game.
Kaepernick did not have much help from his running game either. Frank Gore, usually Mr. Reliable, carried the ball nine times for just 16 yards. He has been an elite running back in this game ever since he came into the league but on this night, Seattle’s defense made the 49ers one-dimensional. The only running game they had and lone bright spot was from Kaepernick. Kaepernick scrambled nine times for 87 yards but most these runs were from broken plays and the ineptitude of the 49ers receivers to get open.
This was the second bad game for Kaepernick against the rival Seahawks. Last season, he only threw one touchdown and completed less than 55% of his passes in a 42-13 blowout loss. Kaepernick is now 0-2 against the 49ers northwest rival and will look to show the Seahawks who the real Colin Kaepernick is in early December when the Seahawks come to the Stick