SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are looking forward to matching up with Tom Brady and the prolific offense of the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
It may be more a matter of keeping up.
After breakout performances in Kaepernick’s first two NFL starts, the San Francisco offense lacked rhythm and punch the past two weeks as the 49ers lost in overtime to the St. Louis Rams and struggled for three quarters before finishing off the Miami Dolphins.
The Niners realize they likely will need more this week with the NFL’s top-ranked offense on the other sideline. And it’s another prime time opportunity for San Francisco’s 12th-ranked attack to show what it can do now that Kaepernick has settled in as the team’s starting QB.
“This is a showdown we’ve been waiting for, and we’ve got to put points on the board,” tight end Delanie Walker said Wednesday. “We know New England’s got an explosive offense, and we can be the same with Kap. One thing we’ve got to do as a team is keep our offense on the field and keep our defense on the bench. That’s the main focus this week.”
The last time the 49ers played in a nationally televised evening game, Kaepernick lit up the Chicago Bears in his starting debut Nov. 19 to spark San Francisco in a 32-7 rout. Kaepernick is 3-1 as a starter but this Sunday is the biggest stage yet for the second-year pro.
“It’ll be a great challenge for us,” Kaepernick said.