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49ers' Colin Kaepernick shows a QB can run without getting hurt

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NFL,Craig Stouffer

The year of the redefined, reimagined read-option quarterback isn't over even if it ended too early in Washington.

For all that Robert Griffin III achieved in his rookie season with the Redskins, it didn't come close to what Colin Kaepernick did for the San Francisco 49ers in Saturday's 45-31 playoff win over Green Bay. He set an NFL quarterback record -- playoffs and regular season -- with 181 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also became the third quarterback with two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a playoff game, joining Otto Graham (1954 and 1955) and Jay Cutler (2011).

Kaepernick did what Redskins fans -- and coaches -- only could have dreamed for Griffin, running untouched into the end zone from 20 and 56 yards.

From front office executives to the players in the locker room, the Packers raved about never seeing a player like Kaepernick before.

They might have had they faced the Redskins this season, especially before Griffin was injured. It remains to be seen when they will have that chance in the future.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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