Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Through a season and a half, the 49ers with head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Alex Smith were one type of team -- a team with a powerful, multiple run game, a great defense, and the kind of passing game that was generally better at maintaining a lead than fighting back from an extreme deficit. Smith was a good enough quarterback, but the 49ers knew that they couldn't expect a heavy diet of explosive plays. That changed when Kaepernick, the second-year prop from Nevada, usurped Smith after the veteran suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams in early November. Kaepernick proved that he had the arm, mobility, and game acumen to give his team a new element for opposing defenses to worry about. [ Related: Colin Kaepernick further validates Jim Harbaugh's decision to start him ] Never was that more apparent than in San Francisco's 41-34 Sunday Night Football win over the New England Patriots. Kaepernick threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers, and added 28 yards rushing to befuddle a Patriots defense that knew what it was dealing with in Kaepernick ... and was unable to stop it. Kaepernick will have obvious...