Not to say the 49ers' offense wasn't dangerous with Alex Smith under center, but it's just a different, more explosive, more dynamic unit with Colin Kaepernick. Smith was serviceable. He was solid. He was efficient and didn't make many ill-advised decisions. But Kaepernick's just an athletic, physically gifted, multi-dimensional threat that's invigorated San Francisco's offense ever since he made his first start in place of an injured Smith in mid-November. And a unit that was limited to just five touchdowns in the 13-plus quarters prior to Kaepernick taking over has posted 27 points or more in seven of the nine games that Kaepernick's started. Kaepernick's hurt teams as a passer - he's thrown for 221 yards or more in seven of his nine games as a starter - but it's his speed and ability as a runner that's really provided an added dimension to the 49ers' offense. He ran for 66 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in mid-November, ran for 84 yards during a second meeting with the Rams three weeks later, ran for 53 yards and a score amid a December win against the Miami Dolphins and gashed the Green Bay Packers for 181 yards and two touchdowns during San Francisco's 45-31 divisional round win over the Packers.
But it's not just Kaepernick. Running back Frank Gore is a four-time Pro Bowler who rushed for 1,217 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season and 209 yards and three scores in two playoff games. Tight end Vernon Davis is a former Pro Bowler who had five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons this past weekend. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 93 yards or more in five of the last seven games and six touchdowns during that seven game span. There's an older but still dangerous Randy Moss. Another athletic and talented tight end in Delanie Walker. Two speedy and elusive running backs that complement Gore in Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. And there's the offensive line that's widely regarded by many as one of the best, if not the best in the NFL.
It's a talented group.