By Doug Farrar
January 19, 2014

Colin Kaepernick has befuddled Seattle's defense early on.Colin Kaepernick has befuddled Seattle's defense early on. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks knew to watch out for Colin Kaepernick's running ability in the NFC Championship Game, and the 49ers came out with several designed runs in the first quarter to keep Seattle's defense off-balance.

"I think the challenge is more of the fact that Colin Kaepernick is a guy that can throw and run," Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said this week. "I think that is a challenge for any defense when you get a quarterback who is double-headed, one that can throw and run at the same time. It keeps you a little off-balance and you have to be aware of him running the ball and him scrambling and throwing downfield. At the same time he has a good group of receivers and a tight end. I think Colin Kaepernick does a good job at keeping the ball alive and those guys get up field and try to get open."

Kaepernick showed exactly how dangerous he can be with 12:30 left in the first half, when he took off from his own 32-yard line, bobbing and weaving through Seattle's entire defense for a 58-yard run, the longest of Kaepernick's career, to the Seattle 10-yard line. Four player later, running back Anthony Dixon bulled it in for a one-yard touchdown run. It was the first touchdown of the day, and the 49ers took a 10-0 lead after the extra point.

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