SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers lost to the Rams 16-13. Here is the grade for Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick: C-. He did not play particularly well, but was sacked (3) and hit (5) too often and flushed out of the pocket far more than in previous games.
He had only 1 pass play of more than 16 yards.
He averaged only 6.5 per attempt, which is not a winning yards per attempt. 9.9 yards per completion is not a winning number, either.
He had no running game support, so the play action was not effective and did not keep the Rams pass rush in check.
Roman never adjusted to the 49ers’ complete lack of a running game, so Kaepernick constantly found himself in second and third and long. He still managed to convert 8-of-19 third downs.
Kaepernick also had 84 rushing yards on 9 carries. He accounted for 275 of the 49ers 339 yards.
Overall, he showed his inexperience today, and he was hampered by Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh. They were in it together.