Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaepernick Sharp with Boldin's Help

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaepernick Sharp with Boldin's Help

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49ERS.........34

PACKERS.......28

SAN FRANCISCO --

Colin Kaepernick rarely utters anything pointed or emotionally charged.

He offered a clear message to Clay Matthews and the Packers defense after delivering Green Bay another beating: "If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one."

Kaepernick took a late, out-of-bounds hit from Matthews in the second quarter and showed no signs of slowing down, throwing for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns, with 13 completions to Anquan Boldin in San Francisco's season-opening 34-28 victory.

Boldin's sensational San Francisco debut helped keep his team on quite a roll in what has evolved into a fierce NFC rivalry. And Vernon Davis did his part in a prolific passing game led by Kaepernick.

From Super Bowl champion Baltimore to contender again with another coach named Harbaugh, Boldin was unstoppable. He finished with 208 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Davis made two touchdown catches for the NFC champion 49ers.

Boldin sure showed he is a reliable replacement for injured Michael Crabtree. "We knew they were going to come in ready to play after what happened in the playoffs," Boldin said. "We had to come out and match their intensity."

Frank Gore scored a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining as the 49ers made it three in a row against Aaron Rodgers and Co., after beating Green Bay last September to open the season and then, 45-31, in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Boldin sure has a knack for season openers, delivering with 10 catches for 217 yards in his first career game with Arizona, seven catches for 110 yards in his first outing for the Ravens in 2010 -- then this superb outing.

Kaepernick marched his team 80 yards in five plays to take the lead. The 49ers answered after Packers rookie Eddie Lacy put Green Bay ahead on a 2-yard run. …

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