Lowell Cohn: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick just finds ways to win games

SANTA CLARA -#8212; Colin Kaepernick is special.

Let's agree on that. OK? Let's call it our working hypothesis.

But how is he special? I mean, let's use our noodles to figure out this mystery -#8212; because it is a mystery. One of the good mysteries, like the Holy Trinity, one of the all-time best.

Kaepernick's stats are good but not great. We are talking quantifiable things. Take last Sunday against Carolina. You watched that game you came away thinking he was the star. But he completed only 15 passes. Which doesn't put him in the Peyton Manning category. His passer rating was 87.8. Pretty good. But you wouldn't compose an epic poem about it: "Colin Conquers Carolina."

And yet he was a hero in the game. You saw the 45-yard pass he threw to Anquan Boldin. Third quarter, Boldin alone way down the field and the Panthers looking like the Eleven Stooges, the pass long and high and right on the money. The pass taking the Niners to the Panthers' goal line and then Kaepernick running around left end for the touchdown that really ended the game.

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