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2012 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
General Manager Trent Baalke
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 11–4–1
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 45–31
Won Conference Championship (Falcons) 28–24
Lost Super Bowl XLVII ((Ravens) 31–34
Pro Bowlers 9
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2011 2013

The 2012 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League, the 67th overall, the second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. After going 13-3 and reaching the NFC Championship the year before, the 49ers topped that success with their first NFC championship since 1994 as well as their sixth overall as a franchise, overcoming a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 on January 20, 2013 in the NFC title game. However, the season ended with their first ever defeat in the Super Bowl, falling to the Baltimore Ravens, 31–34.

2012 NFL DraftEdit

San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 30 30 A. J. Jenkins WR 6'0" 192 lbs. Illinois 4 years
2 29 61 LaMichael James RB 5'8" 194 lbs. Oregon 4 years
3 29 92 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts [a]
4 2 97 Traded to the Miami Dolphins [b] From Colts[a]
8 103 Traded to the Carolina Panthers [c] From Dolphins[b]
22 117 Joe Looney OG 6'3" 309 lbs. Wake Forest 4 years From Lions[d]
30 125 Traded to the Detroit Lions [d]
5 30 165 Darius Fleming OLB 6'2" 245 lbs. Notre Dame 4 years
6 10 180 Trenton Robinson FS 5'10" 195 lbs. Michigan State 4 years From Panthers[c]
26 196 Traded to the Detroit Lions [d] From Dolphins[b]
29 199 Jason Slowey Center 6'3" 303 lbs. Western Oregon Released
7 30 237 Cam Johnson DE 6'3" 268 lbs. Virginia 2 years
NOTES
^[a] The 49ers acquired this fourth-round selection from the Indianapolis Colts along with a 2013 fifth-round selection in exchange for a 2012 third-round selection (#92 overall; used to select WR T.Y. Hilton).
^[b] The 49ers acquired this fourth-round selection from the Miami Dolphins along with a sixth-round selection (#196 overall) and a 2013 sixth-round selection in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round selection (#97 overall; used to select RB Lamar Miller).
^[c] The 49ers acquired this sixth-round selection from the Carolina Panthers along with a 2013 third-round selection in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round selection (#103 overall; used to select DE Frank Alexander).
^[d] The 49ers acquired this fourth-round selection from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round selection (#125 overall; used to select LB Ronnell Lewis)and a 2012 sixth-round selection (#196 overall; used to select DB Jonte Green).

StaffEdit

2012 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2012 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 6 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Quarterback controversyEdit

Quarterback Alex Smith missed two starts mid-season after suffering a concussion, and backup Colin Kaepernick successfully filled in. A quarterback controversy began. Smith was ranked third in the NFL in passer rating (104.1), led the league in completion percentage (70%), and had been 19–5–1 as a starter under Harbaugh, while Kaepernick was considered more dynamic with his scrambling ability and arm strength.[1][2] After Smith was fully recovered, Harbaugh chose Kaepernick as the starter for the 8–2–1 49ers, but also stated that the assignment was week-to-week and not necessarily permanent.[3] However, Kaepernick started the remainder of the season through the Super Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

The 49ers' preseason schedule was announced on April 17, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 10 6:00 p.m. PDT Minnesota Vikings W 17–6 1–0 Candlestick Park KPIX Recap
2 August 18 5:00 p.m. PDT at Houston Texans L 9–20 1–1 Reliant Stadium KPIX Recap
3 August 26 1:00 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos W 29–24 2–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Fox Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. PDT San Diego Chargers W 35–3 3–1 Candlestick Park KBCW Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:25 p.m. PDT at Green Bay Packers W 30–22 1–0–0 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
2 September 16 5:20 p.m. PDT Detroit Lions W 27–19 2–0–0 Candlestick Park NBC Recap
3 September 23 10:00 a.m. PDT at Minnesota Vikings L 13–24 2–1–0 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
4 September 30 10:00 a.m. PDT at New York Jets W 34–0 3–1–0 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 7 1:25 p.m. PDT Buffalo Bills W 45–3 4–1–0 Candlestick Park CBS Recap
6 October 14 1:25 p.m. PDT New York Giants L 3–26 4–2–0 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
7 October 18 5:20 p.m. PDT Seattle Seahawks W 13–6 5–2–0 Candlestick Park NFLN[a] Recap
8 October 29 5:30 p.m. PDT at Arizona Cardinals W 24–3 6–2–0 University of Phoenix Stadium ESPN[b] Recap
9 Bye
10 November 11 1:25 p.m. PST St. Louis Rams T 24–24 (OT) 6–2–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
11 November 19 5:30 p.m. PST Chicago Bears W 32–7 7–2–1 Candlestick Park ESPN[b] Recap
12 November 25 1:25 p.m. PST at New Orleans Saints W 31–21 8–2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
13 December 2 10:00 a.m. PST at St. Louis Rams L 13–16 (OT) 8–3–1 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
14 December 9 1:05 p.m. PST Miami Dolphins W 27–13 9–3–1 Candlestick Park CBS Recap
15 December 16 5:20 p.m. PST at New England Patriots W 41–34 10–3–1 Gillette Stadium NBC Recap
16 December 23 5:20 p.m. PST[4] at Seattle Seahawks L 13–42 10–4–1 CenturyLink Field NBC[4] Recap
17 December 30 1:25 p.m. PST Arizona Cardinals W 27–13 11–4–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division games.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KGO-TV.
^[b] Simulcast locally on KPIX-TV.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 12, 2013 5:00 p.m. PST Green Bay Packers (3) W 45–31 1–0 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
NFC Championship January 20, 2013 12:00 p.m. PST at Atlanta Falcons (1) W 28–24 2–0 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
Super Bowl XLVII February 3, 2013 3:30 p.m. PST vs. Baltimore Ravens (4) L 31–34 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 13 7 7

30

Packers 0 7 0 15

22

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – FG (04:53) David Akers 40 Yd
Second quarter
  • SF – TD (11:10) Randy Moss 14 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (David Akers Kick)
  • GB – TD (04:40) Jermichael Finley 1 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
  • SF – FG (00:55) David Akers 43 Yd
  • SF – FG (00:00) David Akers 63 Yd
Third quarter
  • SF – TD (08:16) Vernon Davis 4 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (David Akers Kick)
Fourth quarter
  • GB – TD (11:16) Randall Cobb 75 Yd Punt Return (Aaron Rodgers Pass To Jordy Nelson For Two-Point Conversion)
  • SF – TD (08:41) Frank Gore 23 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)
  • GB – TD (06:05) James Jones 10 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Top passers
  • SF – Alex Smith 211 Yards
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers 303 Yards
Top rushers
  • SF – Frank Gore 112 Yards
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers 27 Yards
Top receivers
  • SF – Michael Crabtree 76 Yards
  • GB – James Jones 81 Yards
Top tacklers
  • SF – NaVorro Bowman 11 (8 solo, 3 assists)
  • GB – A.J. Hawk 14 (10 solo, 4 assists)

With the win, the 49ers started their season 1-0.

Week 2: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Two: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 6 0 3 10

19

49ers 7 7 3 10

27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – TD (12:25)Vernon Davis 21 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (David Akers Kick)
  • DET – FG (07:47) Jason Hanson 38 Yd
  • DET – FG (06:43) Jason Hanson 41 Yd
Second quarter
  • SF – TD (14:57) Frank Gore 1 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)
Third quarter
  • SF – FG (09:42) David Akers 36 Yd
  • DET – FG (03:40) Jason Hanson 40 Yd
Fourth quarter
  • SF – FG (14:42) David Akers 48 Yd
  • DET – FG (09:16) Jason Hanson 48 Yd
  • SF – TD (03:04) Vernon Davis 23 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (David Akers Kick)
  • DET – TD (01:29) Brandon Pettigrew 9 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick)
Top passers
  • DET – Matthew Stafford 230 yards
  • SF – Alex Smith 226 yards
Top rushers
  • DET – Kevin Smith 53 yards
  • SF – Frank Gore 89 yards
Top receivers
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 94 yards
  • SF – Vernon Davis 73 yards
Top tacklers
  • DET – DeAndre Levy 10 (10 solo)
  • SF – Patrick Willis 9 (8 solo, 1 assist)

With the win, the 49ers improved to 2-0.

Week 3: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Three: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 10 0

13

Vikings 7 10 0 7

24

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – TD (07:40) Kyle Rudolph 1 yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick)
Second quarter
  • SF – FG (05:40) David Akers 29 yards
  • MIN – TD (06:44) Christian Ponder 23 yard run (Blair Walsh kick)
  • MIN – FG (00:52) Blair Walsh 52 yards
Third quarter
  • SF – FG (02:14) David Akers 29 yards
  • SF – TD (05:00) Vernon Davis 1 yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick)
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – TD (07:00) Kyle Rudolph 2 yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick)
Top passers
  • SF – Alex Smith 204 yards
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 198 yards
Top rushers
  • SF – Frank Gore 63 yards
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 86 yards
Top receivers
  • SF – Mario Manningham 56 yards
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 89 yards
Top tacklers
  • SF – NaVorro Bowman 18 (7 solo, 11 assists)
  • MIN – Chad Greenway 13 (10 solo, 3 assists)

With the loss, the 49ers fell to 2-1 and into a tie with the Seahawks in 2nd place in the NFC West behind the 3-0 Cardinals.

Week 4: at New York JetsEdit

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 17

34

Jets 0 0 0 0

0

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – TD (13:37) Colin Kaepernick 7 yard run (David Akers kick)
  • SF – FG (00:00) David Akers 36 yards
Third quarter
  • SF – TD (02:49) Frank Gore 2 yard run (David Akers kick)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – TD (14:46) Carlos Rogers 51 yard fumble return (David Akers kick)
  • SF – FG (08:23) David Akers 40 yards
  • SF – TD (06:03) Kendall Hunter 1 yard run (David Akers kick)
Top passers
  • SF – Alex Smith 143 yards
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 103 yards
Top rushers
  • SF – Frank Gore 62 yards
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene 34 yards
Top receivers
  • SF – Mario Manningham 47 yards
  • NYJ – Chaz Schilens 45 yards
Top tacklers
  • SF – Patrick Willis 10 (3 solo, 7 assists)
  • NYJ – David Harris 11 (8 solo, 3 assists)

After a tough road loss, the Niners continued on the road to face the Jets. The team would improve to 3-1 as they handed the Jets their 2nd shutout home loss in 2 years.

Week 5: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 0

3

49ers 3 14 7 21

45

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – FG (7:25) David Akers 19 yards
Second quarter
  • BUF – FG (10:46) Rian Lindell 31 yards
  • SF – TD (09:54) Kyle Williams 43 yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick)
  • SF – TD (00:04) Michael Crabtree 28 yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick)
Third quarter
  • SF – TD (09:06) Frank Gore 1 yard run (David Akers kick)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – TD (14:12) Mario Manningham 10 yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick)
  • SF – TD (09:55) Colin Kaepernick 16 yard run (David Akers kick)
  • SF – TD (09:06) Anthony Dixon 3 yard run (David Akers kick)
Top passers
  • BUF – Ryan Fitzpatrick 126 yards
  • SF – Alex Smith 303 yards
Top rushers
  • BUF – Brad Smith 35 yards
  • SF – Frank Gore 106 yards
Top receivers
  • BUF – Scott Chandler 40 yards
  • SF – Michael Crabtree 113 yards
Top tacklers
  • BUF – Nigel Bradham 6 takles
  • SF – Patrick Willis 7 tackles

With the huge win, the 49ers improved to 4-1. 2-0 against the AFC East.

Week 6: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Six: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 13 3

26

49ers 3 0 0 0

3

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • SF - FG (02:00) David Akers 42-yard. 49ers 3 - 0. Drive: 12 plays, 61 yards, 5:26.
Second quarter
  • NYG - TD (10:04) Victor Cruz 6-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick). Giants 7 - 3. Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:47
  • NYG - FG (02:56) Lawrence Tynes 34-yard. Giants 10 - 3. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 4:19.
Third quarter
  • NYG - TD (11:48) Ahmad Bradshaw 1-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick). Giants 17 - 3. Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 2:45.
  • NYG - FG (09:51) Lawrence Tynes 30-yard. Giants 20 - 3. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:19.
  • NYG - FG (06:10) Lawrence Tynes 22-yard. Giants 23 - 3. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, 1:16.
Fourth quarter
  • NYG - FG (01:56) Lawrence Tynes 32-yard. Giants 26 - 3. Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, 6:59.
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning - 15/28, 193 yrads, 1 TD, 0 INT
  • SF – Alex Simth - 19/30, 200 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw - 27 rushes, 116 yards, 1 TD
  • SF – Frank Gore - 8 rushes, 36 yards
Top receivers
  • NYG – Domenik Hixon - 4 rec, 78 yards
  • SF – Randy Moss - 2 rec, 75 yards
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Antrel Rolle 6 tackles (2 INT)
  • SF – Patrick Willis 8 tackles

With the huge loss, the 49ers fell to 4-2.

Week 7: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 3 0 0

6

49ers 3 0 7 3

13

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • SF –

With the win, the 49ers improved to 5-2.

Week 8: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 7 0

24

Cardinals 0 0 3 0

3

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • ARI –

Alex Smith completed 18-of-19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a 24–3 Monday night win over Arizona. With the win, the 49ers went into their bye week at 6-2.

[5]

Week 10: vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Ten: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 14 0 3 7

24

49ers 0 7 0 17

24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • SF –

Smith suffered a concussion in the second quarter, throwing a touchdown with blurred vision before exiting the game. He was replaced by Colin Kaepernick, and the game ended in a 24–24 tie.[5]

With the tie game, the Niners' season stood at 6-2-1. This would also be the first NFL tie game since 2008 when the Bengals and Eagles played to a 13-point tie. This is also the first tie game between both the Rams and Niners since a 20-20 tie game in 1968.

Week 11: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Eleven: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 0

7

49ers 10 10 7 5

32

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (ESPN[b]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CHI –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • CHI –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • CHI –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • CHI –
  • SF –

Kaepernick started his first NFL game with Smith out with a concussion from the previous week. Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 32-7 win against a strong Bears defense. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke highly of Kaepernick's performance after the game, leaving open the possibility of Kaepernick continuing to start. "Usually tend to go with the guy who's got the hot hand, and we've got two quarterbacks that have got a hot hand," Harbaugh said.[6] He dismissed any rule that a player should not lose their starting job due to an injury.[7][8] With the win, the 49ers improved to 7-2-1.

Week 12: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Twelve: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 14 3

31

Saints 7 7 7 0

21

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,147
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • NO –

Smith was cleared to play the day before the game, but Harbaugh chose not to rush him back and again started Kaepernick. In a rematch of the 2012 playoffs against New Orleans, the 49ers won 31–21 with Kaepernick throwing for a touchdown and running for another. The 49ers defense also returned two Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns. With the win, the Niners improved to 8-2-1 and also to 2-0 under Kaepernick as a starter.[9][10]

Week 13: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 0 6

13

Rams 0 0 2 11

16

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,279
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • STL –

With their loss to the Rams, the 49ers fell to 8-3-1 on the season. Kaepernick's record as a starter dropped to 2-1.

Week 14: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Fourteen: Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 3 7

13

49ers 0 6 7 14

27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • SF –

With the win the 49ers improved to 9-3-1 giving them their 2nd straight winning season and moving to 3-0 against the AFC East. Also Kaepernick's starting record improved to 3-1.

Week 15: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Fifteen: San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 14 10

41

Patriots 0 3 7 24

34

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/5:20 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), cold and rain
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • NE –

With the win the 49ers improved to 10-3-1 and became the only team in the NFC West to defeat all 4 AFC East teams. Kaepernick's starting record also improved to 4-1.

Week 16: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Sixteen: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 6 0 7

13

Seahawks 14 14 7 7

42

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PST[4]
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 68,161
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (NBC[4]): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • SEA –

Week 17: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 3 0 7

13

49ers 0 7 10 10

27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • SF –

The Niners returned home for a Week 17 rematch against the Cardinals. Needing a win to capture the NFC West crown, the team would be down 3-0 after the first quarter. But rallied from a 7-6 halftime lead to win the game 27-13 and finished the season with their 2nd straight division title and of course the NFC's #2 seed with a record of 11-4-1 while going 5-2 under Kaepernick as a starter.

PostseasonEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. #3 Green Bay PackersEdit

NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game: #3 Green Bay Packers at #2 San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 7 3 7

31

49ers 7 17 7 14

45

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • GB –Sam Shields 52-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick), 13:04. Packers 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, 2:12
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 20-yard run (David Akers kick), 9:09. Tied 7–7. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:47.
  • GB – DuJuan Harris 18-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 0:29. Packers 14–7. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:43.
Second quarter
  • SF – Michael Crabtree 12-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (David Akers kick), 11:04. Tied 14–14. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 0:44.
  • SF – Michael Crabtree 20-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (David Akers kick), 5:33. 49ers 21–14. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 3:53.
  • GB – James Jones 20-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 2:39. Tied 21–21. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:53.
  • SF – David Akers 36-yard field goal, 0:03. 49ers 24–21. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 2:33.
Third quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal, 8:38. Tied 24–24. Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 3:31.
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 56-yard run (David Akers kick), 7:16. 49ers 31–24. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:18.
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Frank Gore 2-yard run (David Akers kick), 15:00. 49ers 38–24. Drive: 8 plays, 93 yards, 5:03.
  • SF – Anthony Dixon 2-yard run (David Akers kick), 3:42. 49ers 45–24. Drive: 11 plays, 93 yards, 7:54.
  • GB – Greg Jennings 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 1:07. 49ers 45–31. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 2:37.
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In his first career playoff game, 25-year old 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, setting both the NFL single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback as well as the 49ers postseason record for rushing, regardless of position.[11][12] He also passed for 263 yards and two scores. Overall, San Francisco racked up 579 yards, including a franchise record 323 rushing yards, and scored a touchdown in every quarter to earn their second consecutive trip to the NFC championship game.[11]

However, Kaepernick didn't get off to a good start. Less than two minutes into the game, he threw a pass that was intercepted by Sam Shields and returned 52 yards for a touchdown. But he quickly rallied his team back, completing a 45-yard pass to running back Frank Gore before taking the ball into the end zone himself on a 20-yard run. Later in the period, Green Bay took a 14–7 lead with Aaron Rodgers' 44-yard completion to James Jones setting up an 18-yard touchdown run by DuJuan Harris. The Packers then forced a punt, but returner Jeremy Ross muffed the kick and C. J. Spillman recovered it for San Francisco on the Packers 9-yard line. Two plays later, Kaepernick tied the score at 14 with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. Then defensive back Tarell Brown intercepted a pass from Rodgers, setting up Kaepernick's second touchdown pass to Crabtree, this one from 20 yards out.

With 2:39 left in the half, Rodgers' 20-yard touchdown pass to Jones tied the score at 21. But on the 49ers next drive, a pair of runs by Kaepernick for gains of 19 and 17 yards enabled David Akers to kick a 36-yard field goal, sending the teams into their lockers rooms with San Francisco leading 24–21.

In the third quarter, Green Bay drove 76 yards in 9 plays, featuring a 30-yard reception by Greg Jennings and scored a Mason Crosby field goal. But the tie turned out to be short lived. On the third play of their next drive, Kaepernick faked a handoff, rolled right, and took off for a career long 56-yard touchdown run, retaking the lead at 31–24. Then after a punt, he completed a 44-yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis, setting up Gore's 2-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Following another punt, Kaepernick led the 49ers back for more points, this time on a 93-yard drive. First he ran for a 16-yard gain, and later he completed a 17-yard throw to tight end Delanie Walker. On the next play, Gore's 26-yard burst moved the ball to the Packers 27-yard line. Anthony Dixon eventually finished the 11-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, making the score 45–24.

With under a minute left, Rodgers threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jennings. But any hope of a miracle comeback was dashed when Walker recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt.

Crabtree was the top receiver of the game, with 9 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Gore rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 48 yards. Linebacker Patrick Willis had 7 tackles and a sack. Rodgers finished 26/39 for 257 yards and two touchdowns, with 1 interception, while also rushing for 28 yards. Kaepernick finished the game responsible for more yards gained (444) then the entire Packers team (352)

NFC Championship: at #1 Atlanta FalconsEdit

NFC Championship: #2 San Francisco 49ers at #1 Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 7 7

28

Falcons 10 14 0 0

24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 20, 2013
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Julio Jones 46-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 11:31. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:36.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 35-yard field goal, 3:24. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 3:01.
Second quarter
  • ATL – Julio Jones 20-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 15:00. Falcons 17–0. Drive: 4 plays, 57 yards, 1:49.
  • SF – LaMichael James 15-yard run (David Akers kick), 8:14. Falcons 17–7. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:46.
  • SF – Vernon Davis 4-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (David Akers kick), 2:00. Falcons 17–14. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 4:29.
  • ATL – Tony Gonzalez 10-yard pass from Matt Ryan. (Matt Bryant kick) Falcons 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards. 1:31.
Third quarter
  • SF – Frank Gore 5-yard run (David Akers kick) Falcons 24–21. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 4:00.
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Frank Gore 9-yard run (David Akers kick) 49ers 28–24. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 3:18.
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San Francisco overcame a 17-point deficit, the largest comeback ever in an NFC championship game, to earn their sixth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

Atlanta dominated the first quarter, mainly on plays by receiver Julio Jones, who caught 5 passes in it for 100 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown catch on their opening drive, and a 27-yard reception on their next drive to set up a Matt Bryant field goal. Following a punt, Matt Ryan hit Roddy White for a 23-yard gain on the last play of the first quarter. Then he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jones on the first play of the second, giving the Falcons a 17–0 lead.

This time San Francisco struck back with an 80-yard scoring drive, with Frank Gore rushing for 20 yards and Vernon Davis catching a pass for 27. LaMichael James finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Then after forcing a three-and-out, Colin Kaepernick rushed for 23 yards and completed three passes to Davis for 48 yards, the last a 4-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17–14. But Atlanta stormed back as Ryan completed five passes for double-digit gains on their next drive, the last one a 10-yard score to tight end Tony Gonzalez with 25 seconds left in the half.

The 49ers took the opening kickoff and drove 82 yards, with Kaepernick completing two passes to Randy Moss for 38 yards and one to tight end Delanie Walker for 20. Gore completed the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, cutting their deficit to 24–21. On Atlanta's ensuing possession, defensive back Chris Culliver gave San Francisco a great chance to tie or take the lead by intercepting a pass from Ryan and returning it to the Falcons 25-yard line. But San Francisco failed to gain a first down and came up empty when David Akers hit the uprights on a 38-yard field goal try. Later on, the 49ers got another scoring opportunity when defensive lineman Aldon Smith recovered a fumble from Ryan on his own 40-yard line. They subsequently drove deep into Falcons territory, but once again they failed to score when defensive back Dunta Robinson stripped the ball from Michael Crabtree on the 1-yard line as he trying to get in for the go-ahead score, and linebacker Stephen Nichols recovered it.

With 12 minutes left in regulation, Ted Ginn, Jr.'s 20-yard punt return gave San Francisco the ball on the Falcons 38-yard line. Five plays later, Gore scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard run, giving the 49ers their first lead of the game at 28–24. Atlanta responded with a drive to the 49ers 13-yard line, but consecutive incompletions on third and fourth down caused a turnover on downs with just 1:13 left in the game.

Atlanta managed to force a punt and get the ball with 13 seconds to go. Ryan completed a pass to Jones on the final play, but he was tackled at the 49ers 35-yard line as time expired.

Kaepernick finished 16/21 for 233 yards and a touchdown, along with 21 rushing yards. Davis caught 5 passes for 106 yards and a score. Gore rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan completed 30 of 42 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Jones caught 11 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, while White had 7 receptions for 100 yards. Gonzalez caught 8 passes for 78 yards and a score.

Super Bowl XLVII: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 14 7 6

34

49ers 3 3 17 8

31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • BAL - Dennis Pitta 1 yard touchdown reception from Joe Flacco, (Justin Tucker kick), 7:10. Ravens 14-3. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:43
  • BAL - Jacoby Jones 56 yard touchdown reception from Joe Flacco, (Justin Tucker kick), 1:45. Ravens 21-3. Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 0:22
  • SF - David Akers 27 yard field goal, 0:00. Ravens 21-6. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 1:45
Third quarter
  • BAL - Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, (Justin Tucker kick), 14:49. Ravens 28-6. Drive: 1 play, 108 yards, 0:11
  • SF - Michael Crabtree 31 yard touchdown reception from Colin Kaepernick, (David Akers kick), 7:20. Ravens 28-13. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:06
  • SF - Frank Gore 6 yard touchdown run, (David Akers kick), 4:59. Ravens 28-20. Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:48
  • SF - David Akers 34 yard field goal, 3:10. Ravens 28-23. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:00
Fourth quarter
  • BAL - Justin Tucker 19 yard field goal, 12:54. Ravens 31-23. Drive: 12 plays, 71 yards, 5:16
  • SF - Colin Kaepernick 15 yard touchdown run, (2 pt pass failed), 9:57. Ravens 31-29. Drive: 5 plays, 76 yards, 2:57
  • BAL - Justin Tucker 38 yard field goal, 4:19. Ravens 34-29. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 5:38
  • SF - Sam Koch -8 yard run, out of own end zone for a safety, 0:04. Ravens 34-31. Drive: 4 plays, -5 yards, 1:42
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For what seemed like a blowout win for the Ravens, the Niners would rally in the 2nd half outscoring the Ravens 25-13 but fell 3 points short of a victory as the Ravens won it 34-31 after an on-purpose safety. This marks the first time ever in franchise history the Niners have lost a super Bowl as their overall record dropped to 13-5-1 on the season and 2-1 in postseason. As well as making them 5-1 in Super Bowls.

StandingsEdit

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