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49ers Stick With Kaepernick At Quarterback Over Smith Vs. Rams

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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SANTA CLARA (CBS/AP) — Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at St. Louis.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday that Kaepernick would go over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.

“Colin we believe has the hot hand,” said Harbaugh.

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Kaepernick has completed 48 of 74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and was sacked six times. He has a 102.3 passer rating.

Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick, hardly looked happy on the sideline during Sunday’s win over the Saints after being medically cleared from a concussion suffered in the first half of a 24-24 tie against St. Louis on Nov. 11.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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