49ers notebook: Kaepernick’s pick breaks team’s QB streak

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks for an open receiver while Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is in pursuit.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks for an open receiver while Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is in pursuit.

By Brian Allee-Walsh

Special to The Advocate

NEW ORLEANS — Colin Kaepernick picked a bad time to end an amazing streak of accuracy by San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers had never thrown an interception in five previous league championship games — all victories — until Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

That streak of 164 ended when Baltimore Ravens’ safety Ed Reed, who prepped at Destrehan High School, picked off Kaepernick’s seventh pass with 6:55 remaining in the first half.

It marked Reed’s ninth interception in postseason games.

Forty-Niners’ quarterback Joe Montana threw 122 passes without an interception in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV; and quarterback Steve Young threw 36 without a pick in XXIX.

Inauspicious start

So much for the best laid plans of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

On their first play from scrimmage, an illegal formation penalty nullified a 20-yard first-down completion from Kaepernick to tight end Vernon Davis.

Davis lined up incorrectly on the left side of the formation, leaving the 49ers with too few players on the line of scrimmage.

Did you notice?

Two plays before David Akers’ 36-yard field goal with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter, Kaepernick overthrew a wide-open Michael Crabtree at the goal line.

Behind Crabtree, San Francisco wide receiver Randy Moss stood open in the back of the end zone.