The San Francisco offense has done a complete 180-degree turn since Colin Kaepernick took over the reins for an injured Alex Smith. He made the 49ers far more threatening via both the air and on the ground. It’s no coincidence that he’s among the favorites on the 49ers to score their first touchdown. Let’s take a look at that popular prop bet to see who could score the team’s first touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII.
Player to score the first touchdown in game BAL/SF
Frank Gore +400
Michael Crabtree +400
Colin Kaepernick +650
Vernon Davis +1000
Randy Moss +1500
LaMichael James +1600
Kaepernick can hurt you with his legs as well as his arm and he accounted for four touchdowns against Green Bay, two passing scores as well as a pair on the ground. He threw for another TD in Atlanta last week and he is just as likely to keep the ball himself on the read option and break it to the house as he is to hand it off to Frank Gore, who has three touchdowns in two playoff games. He has scored in each of his last three games. But don’t count out LaMichael James, the former Oregon star who is a threat to break a big run at any time. He also got into the end zone against the Falcons. Gore will likely be in on goal-line situations but keep an eye out for James.
The 49ers can also get it into the end zone through the air and Kaepernick has plenty of targets in the passing game. The two obvious players are Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, the tight end who broke out for 106 yards and a touchdown in the NFC title game. Then you also have Randy Moss, who still has to be respected in the deep game and draws attention at 35-years-old.
The best bet is to look to the ground for San Francisco’s first score. The offense is more explosive with Kaepernick now but head coach Jim Harbaugh is still a straightforward coach and if he gets in the red zone, he’ll likely go to the running game.