Kaepernick set a NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback and was personally responsible for four touchdowns. It was equal parts validation for Jim Harbaugh and a coronation for Kaepernick.
This will be incredibly difficult game tape for to digest for Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The 49ers rolled up 579 yards of total offense, video-game production that could have grave consequences for defensive coordinator Dom Capers. After an early pick-six, the Packers simply weren't competitive when their defense was on the field.
And that's the shame of it for Green Bay. The Packers have the game's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, smack in the prime of his career. Given the opportunity, Rodgers undoubtedly would've kept the Packers in this game. He might have even won it. But the failures on defense were so egregious that Rodgers was essentially taken out of the equation.
"It's pretty frustrating. We put a lot into this," Rodgers said. "Now you stand here and realize that's the last time that group will be together, we'll be a different team next year. There will be additions, subtractions, that's the most frustrating part. ... To go out and play like that is disappointing."