Colin Kaepernick stars for 49ers
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed no sign of nerves in his first NFL start as he led the San Francisco 49ers to a 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears.
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The rookie quarterback, handed his chance in place of the concussed Alex Smith, threw two touchdowns and completed 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards.
Kaepernick only found out he would be starting earlier in the day after doctors ruled Smith out - but the 25-year-old showed no nerves as the 49ers stormed into a 20-0 by half-time.
"We didn't know if it was going to be (Smith) or me (starting), it's just great to be on the field," Kaepernick said.
"I wasn't really nervous, I've had a lot of time in this offense. It's everything I could have wished for."
Kaepernick connected with Vernon Davis (three yards) and Michael Crabtree (10 yards), while Kendall Hunter rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. David Akers also added two field goals.
While Kaepernick made the most of his opportunity, Chicago's back-up quarterback Jason Campbell - in for the injured Jay Cutler - endured a difficult night.
Campbell, making his first start since October 2011, was intercepted twice and sacked far too often - with Aldon Smith impressing for the 49ers with 5.5 sacks. He did connect with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter.
"It's tough. This definitely wasn't the way we prepared all week to come out and give this type of performance," Campbell said.
"Give their defence credit, but it definitely wasn't our best effort."