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Colin Kaepernick: I have to perform better against Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by outside linebacker K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has turned in two straight good performances to quiet some of the criticism of his play that mounted over the first month of the season.

To keep that streak going, he’ll have to solve a defense that’s given him plenty of trouble in the past. Kaepernick has lost five of six games against the Seahawks as a starting quarterback, completing just 53.3 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions.

There are holes in every defense. There are opportunities against every defense,” Kaepernick said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We have to be able to find those and exploit those. They’re a good defense. I’m not going to take credit away from what they’ve been able to do. I do have to go out and perform better.”

There are a couple of things that may be working in Kaepernick’s favor this time around. One is that the Seahawks defense hasn’t been the lockdown unit of years past while playing a role in blown fourth quarter leads in all four of their losses this season. The other is that aforementioned turn in performance for Kaepernick.

One thing that the 49ers have tweaked in the last two weeks is having Kaepernick take the majority of snaps under center rather than in the shotgun. Things were slanted heavily in the other direction in the first two weeks of the season and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst says lining up that way gives Kaepernick “a chance to look at the defense for the entire time” rather than look down to catch a snap.

It probably didn’t hurt that the 49ers were playing the Giants and Ravens in those games, but Thursday’s game offers a chance to show that the recent strides are sustainable against any opponent.