SAN FRANCISCO – Colin Kaepernick rarely utters anything pointed or emotionally charged.
He offered a clear message to Clay Matthews and the Packers’ defense after delivering Green Bay another beating: “If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.”
Kaepernick took a late, out-of-bounds hit from Matthews in the second quarter and showed no signs of slowing down, throwing for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns, with 13 completions to Anquan Boldin in San Francisco’s season-opening 34-28 victory Sunday.
Boldin’s sensational San Francisco debut helped keep his team on quite a roll in what has evolved into a fierce NFC rivalry. And Vernon Davis did his part in a prolific passing game led by Kaepernick.
From Super Bowl champion Baltimore to contender again with another coach named Harbaugh, Boldin was unstoppable. He finished with 208 yards receiving and a 10-yard touchdown.
Davis made a pair of TD catches for the NFC champion Niners.
Frank Gore scored a go-ahead, 1-yard TD with 5:47 remaining as the 49ers made it three straight against QB Aaron Rodgers, after beating Green Bay last September to open the season and then 45-31 in the NFC divisional playoffs.
The Packers promised to target Kaepernick, but they probably meant for it to be in bounds. It wasn’t.
“First off, it wasn’t a very smart play,” Matthews said. “I’d already committed to hitting the quarterback. I guess I should’ve figured he was going to step out of bounds. But it’s nothing personal. I went up to him later and was joking around with him.”