Reading Between the Tweets: 49ers Coast Into NFC Championship

Jeremy Dorn | January 14, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

In an absolutely wild weekend of playoff football that saw a double overtime game, 10 points in 23 seconds, and a smattering of broken records, the 49ers' victory stood out as the most complete, dominating performance.

After a mind-blowing performance by Colin Kaepernick on Saturday, the local boys have earned a trip to Atlanta this coming Sunday to play the No. 1 seed Falcons with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Kaepernick started the game with a bad pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown—and immediately on Twitter the calls for Alex Smith began.

But by the end of the game, Kaepernick had accounted for over 75 percent of the 49ers' 579 total yards, and four touchdowns, and Twitter was singing a much different tune. Here’s the best of the tweets for this weekend’s win:

Some fans think Kap is the next coming of Steve Young:

@_NickLucero: Kaepernick is the franchise quarterback we've been needing for a long time. Future of our team. #49ers

Though one fan points out that the QB switch isn’t the only reason the 49ers are winning:

@thenategoodyear: Serious note: Michael Crabtree's breakout year deserves just as much credit for the 49ers' success as the switch to Kaepernick

Radio host Damon Bruce gives Kap props for bouncing back after a rough start:

@DamonBruce: For Kaepernick to shake off an opening series pick six - and lead the @49ers to a comfortable win, is beyond impressive.

Another fan mentions San Francisco sports supremacy lately:

@ArawakWarrior: So far, the best looking team left in the #NFLPlayoffs is the #49ers. Didnt the #Giants just win the World Series? Wouldnt that B sumthin?

And we could be a win away from the ultimate Har-Bowl (Baltimore Ravens head coach is Jim Harbaugh’s older brother John):

@rubieeliz: Really hoping for a HarBowl Super Bowl. Could have all the insanity of this weekend's games and then some.

San Jose Mercury sports writer Tim Kawakami sees some interesting parallels between this season and one of the 49ers’ previous Super Bowl runs (the Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans this year):

@timkawakami: In 1989 season, the 49ers won two home playoff games and then trampled Denver in New Orleans. (Eddie D is frowning at my confusion.)

And ESPN also finds a promising stat for Niner fans to hang their hopes on:

@ESPNStatsInfo: 49ers gain franchise playoff record 579 yards. The other 4 times they've gone over 450 in a playoff game, they won the Super Bowl.

And don’t forget what this performance does for that now-stale QB controversy:

@chosen2serve26: Kaepernick is making Harbaugh look like a genius tonight!!

Editors at Sports Illustrated were also taking notice:

@MarkMravic: Good lord, it's like watching Superman being born

Did we mention Kaepernick broke some records?:

@SportsCenter: Colin Kaepernick's 183 rush yards are the most for a QB in NFL history including BOTH playoff and regular season games (via Elias).

Let us know what you think by following and tweeting @sanfranmag – will the 49ers beat Atlanta and advance to the Super Bowl?

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