Facing Patriots, 49ers looking to step up offensively

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are looking forward to matching up with Tom Brady and the prolific offense of the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

It may be more a matter of keeping up.

After breakout performances in Kaepernick’s first two NFL starts, the San Francisco offense lacked rhythm and punch the past two weeks as the 49ers lost in overtime to the St. Louis Rams and struggled for three quarters before finishing off the Miami Dolphins.

The Niners realize they likely will need more this week with the NFL’s top-ranked offense on the other sideline. And it’s another prime-time opportunity for San Francisco’s 12th-ranked attack to show what it can do now that Kaepernick has settled in as the team’s starting QB.

“This is a showdown we’ve been waiting for, and we’ve got to put points on the board,” tight end Delanie Walker said Wednesday. “We know New England’s got an explosive offense, and we can be the same with Kap.”

Kaepernick is 3-1 as a starter, but Sunday is the biggest stage yet for the second-year pro. As is his style, Kaepernick displayed little emotion and was brief with his answers when talking about the Patriots on Wednesday.

“It’ll be a great challenge for us,” Kaepernick said. “It’s a great opportunity to go out and show what we’re capable of. They’re going to give you a lot of different looks on defense. You just have to be ready for it, for their disguises and different coverages, different fronts they’re going to give you.”

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