San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 153 yards and rushed for 130 more, but it wasn’t enough to help lead his team to victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
For the second straight season, the 49ers final offensive play ended on a pass intended for Michael Crabtree.
In Super Bowl XLVII, Kaepernick went to their top receiver and came up with an incompletion. In Sunday’s NFC title game, Kaepernick threw a deep ball into the end zone and had the ball intercepted.
All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman tipped the ball into the air and linebacker Malcolm Smith hauled in the interception.
“I had a one-on-one matchup with ‘Crab,‘” Kaepernick said of the play. “I’ll take that any time.”
Seattle took three kneel-downs and won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I didn’t play good enough to win,” said Kaepernick. “I turned the ball over three times. I cost us that game.”
Kaepernick threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter.
“You turn the ball over, you don’t give your team opportunities to score,” the 49ers quarterback said.
Kaepernick’s fellow teammates would not point the blame on their signal caller.
“We win as a team, we lose as a team,” defensive co-captain Patrick Willis said. “We all had a hand in this game, offense, defense and special teams.”