Finishing a game with the higher point total means just that… your number on the scoreboard is larger than your opponent’s number on the scoreboard.  Winning doesn’t make you better than your opponent. And winning certainly doesn’t make you the best. It is the surrounding factors that surpass the scoreboard that qualifies someone as the best.

Super Bowl XLVII may have ended with 34-31 written on the scoreboard—favoring the Baltimore Ravens—but the unwritten is what makes the defeated San Francisco 49er’s Colin Kaepernick a better quarterback than the winning QB.

Colin Kaepernick spent most of the season as a backup quarterback, only recently gaining playing time and fame with the starting QB role.  Kaepernick and the 49ers had won seven of his first nine starts, eventually earning a trip to New Orleans. It made Kaepernick one of only four quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to start in the championship game in the season in which he made his first career start. Quite the feat.  He joins the ranks of elites such as Tom Brady and Kurt Warner with this achievement.

Marking Super Bowl XLVII with his tenth quarterback start ever, he then used the platform to break a Super Bowl record previously held by Joe Montana in Super Bowl XIX.  In the fourth quarter, Colin Kaepernick’s 15-yard touchdown run set the Super Bowl record for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback.  He goes on to finish the game throwing for an impressive 302 yards and rushing for sixty-two.

Consciously, I can’t ignore the rocky start to the game: a twenty-two point deficit, second half opening kickoff return by the Ravens.  Do first half blowouts and record-breaking returns diminish his accomplishments?

Not in the least.