Jim Harbaugh's decision to switch quarterbacks during the San Francisco 49ers' season made all the difference to the two players involved, but you'd hardly tell that such a monumental shift occurred merely by looking at the team's win-loss record.
With Alex Smith under center, the 49ers opened up with a 6-2 record. In their first game back from a Week 9 bye, Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams and second-year, second-stringer Colin Kaepernick took over. That game resulted in a rare tie but San Francisco soon got back to its winning ways. Following two straight Kaepernick-powered wins, Harbaugh chose to go with the "hot hand" even though Smith was available. A week later, coming off a loss to the Rams, Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick and never looked back.
The result? Kaepernick went 5-2 as the starting quarterback to finish the regular season, then delivered two stunning performances in the playoffs leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII.
Before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off, take a look back the 49ers' road to New Orleans: