Kaepernick: “We have to keep our momentum going into the playoffs.”

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick spoke in the locker room Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.

 

You’re going up against the number one ranked defense against the rush. That’s going to be a tall task, I’m sure you don’t want to change your game plan though. 

“Yeah, we just have to go out and execute like we have been doing.”

 

Is this a case where you’re just willing to take a couple of non-game plays to just maintain that same philosophy?

“Well, we’re going to try to do what we can to put ourselves in an advantageous situation, but ultimately we have to stick to what we do well.”

 

What has changed for you with all your weapons kind of back in full force now? Has anything changed?

“Defenses play us honest. That’s the only thing that’s really changed for us.”

 

What about your decision to run and not run? Any difference in that?

“No difference.”

 

Is there anything that WR Michael Crabtree has done in his comeback that has surprised you at all and just the fact that he was able to come back from a major injury in six months?

“No, nothing surprises me with him. He’s an amazing player, he works hard and we knew when he came back he’d be ready to play.”

 

Going back to last game, you had the touchdown run where you ran the power up the middle and then there was also the 22-yard sprint through the secondary. Which one do you like better? Did the sprint up there just getting past that second level, did that feel pretty good?

“Felt good, but I’ll always take a touchdown.”

 

What have you seen from the Cardinals on film? How different are they from the last time you saw them or pretty much the same?

“Same scheme. They’re playing hard, they’re playing fast, they’re playing physical.”

 

You talk about the NFC West in general how it’s changed here over the last few years. You’ve got four teams possibly over .500 and one, two getting left out. Could you talk about how it’s developing?

“I think my opinion is it’s the toughest division in football. There are a lot of great teams, a lot of great players in this division.”

 

What’s at stake for you guys on Sunday in this game?

“We have to keep our momentum going into the playoffs.”

 

Playoff positioning matter to you guys?

“Yeah, it does, but at the same time, we aren’t in full control of where we’re going to be seeded. So, we have to go out and win to keep our momentum.”