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Take notes, Tim Tebow: 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick runs wild, scores touchdown

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates after

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates after scoring a touchdown with teammates Alex Boone (75) and Joe Staley (74) during the first half. (Sept. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

It was clear to everyone that the 49ers outclassed the Jets in all facets of their 34-0 win. Even on the depth chart.

"Our backup quarterback is better than their backup quarterback," said 49ers tackle Anthony Davis after Colin Kaepernick won the battle of the backups over Tim Tebow.

Kaepernick, who starred at Nevada and was the 36th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was coveted by Jets coach Rex Ryan for his all-purpose potential. On Sunday, Ryan got a front-row seat to the show.

Kaepernick got in on the 49ers' second series and rushed for 17 yards, his second play from scrimmage this season. That already was good enough to draw some attention, but Kaepernick and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh weren't done. On the same drive in that opening quarter, Kaepernick threw a deep ball to Randy Moss in triple coverage that went incomplete.

On the 49ers' next possession, Kaepernick ran a sweep to the left and scored untouched on third-and-6 from the Jets' 7 for the first points of the game.

He already was out-Tebowing Tebow before halftime.

"I guess if you want to put it that way, then yeah," Kaepernick said of the Tebow comparison. "I want to be me, that's all I'm worried about. I just want to play like myself."

Kaepernick rushed five times for 50 yards, one of three San Francisco players to rush for more than 50 as the 49ers rolled up 245 rushing yards. The Niners' decision to switch up their offense with Kaepernick was simply part of Harbaugh's plan as he tried to shake his team out of a bad game a week ago. "For some creativity," Harbaugh said of the change. "It was a chance to make a play. I felt like it could be successful."

Kaepernick said the deep ball to Moss was a little underthrown, but otherwise he did his job -- including smartly sliding at the Jets' 3 in the final seconds rather than padding his stats with another TD. "That's one less kickoff we have to cover, one less time we have to go out on defense," he said. "No more collisions, no more chances for injury."

And, despite the big game from the backup, no discussions of changing QBs. That's another advantage the 49ers have over Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the Jets -- no debates about what's working and what isn't.

Even former Giant Brandon Jacobs, who was inactive for the 49ers Sunday, got in a jab about Tebow. Asked about Kaepernick's Wildcat plays, Jacobs, who had a run-in with Ryan last season and called the Jets a "circus" this preseason, chuckled.

"That's not the Wildcat," he said. "Kap's a quarterback."

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