Super Bowl 2013: Ravens hope to stop Colin Kaepernick from joining Tom Brady, Kurt Warner

Kevin C. Cox

The 49ers' second-year quarterback has already made a lot of history. Now put him down for something only three other quarterbacks have ever done.

Win or lose Sunday, Colin Kaepernick has a spot in NFL history.


All you need to know: Super Bowl 2013


Kaepernick is the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start a Super Bowl in the season of his first career start. The other three quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Vince Ferragamo.

Like Brady and Warner, Kaepernick is in his sophomore season when he first gets to the big game. Brady and Warner both won their first Super Bowl appearance while Ferragamo, who was in his third season with the Los Angeles Rams, lost to Pittsburgh in 1979.

Kaepernick started seven regular season games when starter Alex Smith was injured. Kaepernick never lost the job, leading the 49ers to a 5-2 record while in command. Kaepernick then picked up wins over the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, setting up a Super Bowl date with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a 13-3 regular season record when he became the starter in 1999. Warner was the MVP, throwing for 4,353 yards, 41 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. The Rams beat the Tennessee Titans in the Super Bowl, 23-16.

Two years later, ironically, Brady joined the club by beating Warner and the Rams in the Super Bowl. Brady displaced veteran starter Drew Bledsoe in 2001, leading the Patriots to a 11-3 regular season record. Despite being two-touchdown underdogs, Brady and the Patriots beat Warner and the Rams in the Super Bowl, 20-17.

Super Bowl XLVII takes place Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Superdome in New Orleans.


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