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In 2012, Kaepernick is the real Wildcat quarterback

49ers Kaepernick runs for a first down past Jets' Bell during their NFL football game in East Rutherford

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs for a first down past New York Jets’ Yeremiah Bell (37) during the second quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey September 30, 2012. The 49ers won the game 34-0. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


With all the talk (and, to date, that’s what it’s primarily been) about the Jets using the Wildcat formation, the 49ers quietly have outdone the Jets.

There was nothing quiet about the Niners’ use of Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, who rushed for 50 yards on five carries against New York, including a touchdown run.

That’s 12 more rushing yards that Tim Tebow has generated all season, and three more yards than Tebow has produced running and passing.

Other teams have done even more with the Wildcat this year, including most prominently the Bengals, who torched the Redskins nine days ago on a first-play bomb from rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu to receiver A.J. Green. But when it comes to specialty quarterbacks, Kaepernick has been more special than Tebow.

The only good news for Tebow is that he may not be a specialty quarterback for much longer.

For more on this dynamic, here’s a chunk of Tuesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.