By Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist

ATLANTA (CBS Sports) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemed to be floating through the hallway of the Georgia Dome on Sunday evening, making his way to the team bus, not a care in the world, the stamp of approval as a big-time quarterback now on his resume.

He seems to play with a swagger anyway, but as he made his way to the bus there seemed to be more of it, almost oozing off him. Kaepernick, like Joe Montana and Steve Young before him, is taking his 49ers to the Super Bowl, and just like those two quarterbacks before him it’s because of his arm, not his legs.

The Atlanta Falcons dared Kaepernick to beat him with his arm in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, and all he did was complete 16 of 21 passes for 233 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 127.7 as the 49ers rallied from 17 down to beat the Falcons 28-24 to advance to the Super Bowl. It was the biggest comeback in NFC Championship Game history.

Not too shabby for a guy making his ninth start. The move to start him is now validated.

Click here to READ MORE on Kaepernick’s validation from CBS Sports.

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