Less than a week ago Colin Kaepernick was named the starting quarterback as  the 49ers hosted the  Chicago Bears in a Monday Night Football match up as the normal starter Alex Smith was ruled unable to play after suffering a concussion the week before against the St Louis Rams.

Now with this 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome Colin Kaepernick appears to have cemented his role as the starting quarterback even though Alex Smith was 18-5-1 as a starter over the past season and a half.

Kaepernick who is in his 2nd season as an NFL quarterback was drafted by San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. Kaepernick was the 36th player taken in the draft as the 49ers traded up nine spots to select him. The 49ers were able to move up nine spots in the draft by giving the Denver Broncos their 2nd, 4th, and 5th picks in the 2011 NFL draft.

49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick eludes a Chicago Bear defender on Monday Night football - 11/19/2012

49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick eludes Chicago Bear defensive tackle #92 Stephen Paea.

49ers quarterback runs the ball against the St Louis RamsQuarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown run with San Francisco 49er offensive lineman Mike Iupati

San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown with offensive lineman Mike Iupati.

head coach Jim Harbaugh is all smiles after a San Francisco 49ers touchdown play

San Francisco  head coach Jim Harbaugh is all smiles as the 49ers score a touchdown in a Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears on November 19th, 2011.

Frank Gore appears to leap over #21 Major Wright of the Chicago Bears in a Monday Night Football match up

49er running back #21 Frank Gore leaps over Chicago Bear cornerback #26 Tim Jennings.

Colin Kaepernick has won the starting quarterback job from Alex Smith after just two starts

 November 28th, 2012 – Head coach Jim Harbaugh has named Colin Kaepernick the starting quarterback in this week’s game where the 49ers visit the St Louis Rams.

Kaepernick replaced former starting quarterback Alex Smith in the November 11th, 2012 meeting between these two team when Smith got a concussion during the game. That November 11th meeting between the Rams and 49ers resulted in a tie, which is an NFL rarity.

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