Over 40 years of football, between playing and working in the broadcast booth, provided Cris Collinsworth with plenty of great experiences.
Since entering the sports media world after he retired from the NFL, Collinsworth has called some of the greatest games in modern football history.
Collinsworth has worked games featuring every elite quarterback from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes. However, Collinsworth puts a memorable performance from Colin Kaepernick over any of those football icons.
Cris Collinsworth has seen plenty of great games
Cris Collinsworth is no stranger to big games, either as a player or broadcaster.
A former Pro Bowl wideout with the Cincinnati Bengals, Collinsworth has worked eight Super Bowls as either a color commentator or studio analyst.
Collinsworth’s most recent Super Bowl came in 2018, when he and Al Michaels called the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
Brady threw for an eye-popping 505 yards and three scores that night. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles shredded the Patriots’ defense for 373 yards, three passing touchdowns, and a receiving touchdown on a trick play.
Cris Collinsworth had heavy praise for Colin Kaepernick
Cris Collinsworth has seen some of the game’s greatest players in action, but his two favorite quarterback performances came from two unlikely faces.
In a July 2020 appearance on Pardon My Take, Collinsworth said Nick Foles and Colin Kaepernick had the two best performances he had ever seen from a quarterback.
Collinsworth praised Kaepernick’s performance in a December 2012 game against Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Rain and December-chills had the game around 35 degrees for the night.
Before kickoff, Collinsworth told Al Michaels he thought the game would be a low-scoring, 10-7 event.
“‘I’m telling you, there’s no way anyone can throw in this kind of wet and wind and against these teams and that kind of stuff,'” Collinsworth recalled telling Michaels.
Kaepernick clearly didn’t feel the same way. The second-year quarterback threw four touchdowns in a 41-34 road victory.
Nearly eight years later, Collinsworth gushed about Kaepernick and the 49ers’ game-winning drive.
“Kaepernick came out there and this thing was 37-34, Brady had just led them down for another touchdown to take the lead late in the game, there’s like a minute and a half to go. Kaepernick takes them right down the field the other way and scores the game-winning touchdown. I look over at Al and said, ‘That is impossible. What those two guys did tonight is absolutely impossible.'”
Collinsworth saved his best praise for Kaepernick at the story’s ending.
“That night, that guy was as good as any quarterback that I ever saw play the game,” Collinsworth said.
Colin Kaepernick had an incredible end to the 2012 season
Cris Collinsworth’s praise for Colin Kaepernick should bring up memories of how dominant the ex-49ers quarterback was in 2012.
A second-round pick in 2011, Kaepernick took over for an injured Alex Smith midway through the 2012 season. In seven starts, Kaepernick completed 62.% of his passes for 1,608 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Kaepernick ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns while winning five of his seven starts. A good chunk of that damage came against the Patriots, a night where Kaepernick went 14-of-25 for 221 yards, four passing touchdowns, and an interception.
Kaepernick completed 61.3% of his 80 passes in the postseason for 798 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Of his 264 rushing yards and three touchdowns, an excellent 181 yards and two touchdowns came against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC divisional round.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens defeated Kaepernick in Super Bowl 47.