"We have two quarterbacks we feel great about," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "Both have earned it. Both deserve it. ... What tips the scale, Colin has the hot hand, and we're going with Colin."
Responded Kaepernick, via The Associated Press: "I don't know if it's a hot hand. Whatever you want to call it. I'm just happy I get to go back out there. It's a great chance to lead this team and show we're a great team and we can go into the playoffs."
We wrote that Kaepernick over Alex Smith was the right choice a week ago, and we feel more strongly after watching him play in last week's win over the New Orleans Saints. Kaepernick was under pressure from the Saints' pass rush for much of the game, but he escaped to make plays. He delivered the ball well in the pocket. The 49ers' read-option plays actually didn't work that great, but Kaepernick was very accurate for a second consecutive start.
"We'll worry about everything and fear nothing," Harbaugh said when asked about scenarios where Smith could play again.
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"I wouldn't assume anything," Harbaugh said. "I know you probably will, but ... I would assume nothing."