Kaepernick had just five incompletions in 23 pass attempts, gaining 185 yards through the air. But he held the ball too long on a few of the four sacks he took, and he had a fumble. Still, Kaepernick was plenty good enough on a day when the 49ers' defense was dominant.
Just as important, the 49ers bounced back strong from a loss for the third time this season. They're inching ever closer to a playoff bye and a home game in the playoffs' divisional round.
The Kaepernick-Smith debate probably will be warming up again by then.