Despite the San Francisco 49ers losing to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, 16-13 in overtime, the team has already announced that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Kaepernick completed 21-of-32 passes for 208 yards and rushed for 84 yards against the Rams, but gave up a safety and made a wild pitch that was recovered by cornerback Janoris Jenkins for a touchdown. Despite the mistakes, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took a lot of positives from the game, including how Kaepernick responded after he made the crucial mistakes:
"There was a lot of positives that were in the game," Harbaugh said. "Specifically with Colin, especially after the fumble-touchdown, the way he responded, the way our team responded -- again, putting ourselves in a position to win after that -- and, the same could be said after the safety, too.
Even with Kaepernick starting, Harbaugh refuses to count out back-up quarterback Alex Smith, who started for the 49ers up until their Nov. 19 game against the Chicago Bears:
"Alex is not out of this," he said. "We feel like Alex is -- we've said it before -- he's one of our guys, he's won us a lot of football games, and he'll be preparing himself to play in each of these games every single week. I mean that's what his mind-set has to be, as if he was the starting quarterback."
The 49ers and the Dolphins play at Candlestick Park on Sunday. Kickoff is schedule for 4 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on CBS. Radio broadcasts of the game will be available on 105.9 FM WBGG and 940 AM WINZ.