NEW ORLEANS—Colin Kaepernick finished five yards short of a Joe Montana finish, and close doesn’t count when you’re measuring immortality.
Five yards short might as well be five million, because there’s only one Montana and there all kinds of guys who have fallen short.
Nobody knew that better than Kaepernick himself in the minutes after the 49ers’ frenetic 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
He came to his assigned podium. He sat in the chair. He answered the questions.
And his entire mood was clear: The 49ers blew one, and the 49ers aren’t supposed to do that in the Super Bowl. Any Super Bowl. Ever.
How long will this sting, Colin?
“For the rest of my life,” Kaepernick said sharply.