Colin Kaepernick will be facing a ton of San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl tradition Sunday when he faces the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
No 49ers’ quarterback, after all, has ever lost a Super Bowl. Joe Montana was 4-0 in the Super Bowl while Steve Young was also perfect at 1-0.
But the former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback, though, has already set a record than neither Montana or Young can ever break. When he beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game Kaepernick became the youngest and quickest quarterback to ever lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl.
Kaepernick is just in his second NFL season and will be 25 years, 92 days old on Sunday.
Montana was in his third season and was 25 years, 227 days old when he beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 on Jan. 24, 1982 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. Young already had 10 NFL seasons and two more in the USFL with the Los Angeles Express and was 33 years, 110 days old when he beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 on Jan. 29, 1995 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
Kaepernick, though, will have a lot to live up to on Sunday in his Super Bowl debut.
Both Young and Montana were named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player in their first Super Bowl. Montana completed 14-of-22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown without an interception against the Bengals and also ran the ball six times for 18 yards and another touchdown. Young was 24-of-36 for a Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes and 325 yards and also ran the ball five times for 49 yards when he beat the Chargers.
Young and Montana were a combined near-perfect 38-of-58 for seven touchdowns through the air without an interception in their Super Bowl debuts.
But the two Hall of Fame quarterbacks had much more experience than Kaepernick when they headed to their first Super Bowl.
A look at the statistics of Kaepernick, Montana and Young as they prepared to play in their first Super Bowl . . .
Regular seasons starts: Montana 24, Young 87, Kaepernick 7.
Regular season record: Montana 15-9, Young 52-35, Kaepernick 5-2.
Regular season completions-attempts: Montana 500-784, Young 1,546-2,429, Kaepernick 139-223.
Regular season touchdown passes: Montana 35, Young 140, Kaepernick 10.
Regular season interceptions: Montana 21, Young 68, Kaepernick 3.
Regular season rushing attempts-yards-touchdowns: Montana 60-194-4, Young 489-2,969-27, Kaepernick 65-413-5.
Playoff record: Montana 2-0, Young 4-2, Kaepernick 2-0.