SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick was raised as a Green Bay Packers fan, so his childhood memories of Candlestick are admittedly slanted differently than others who'll attend the stadium's finale Monday night when the 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons.

"I don't quite have the same memories," Kaepernick quipped Thursday.

His thoughts on Terrell Owens' game-winning catch against the Packers in the January 1998 wild-card game?

"That haunted me for a lot of years," Kaepernick said.

But Candlestick is also where Kaepernick made a triumphant starting debut last year against the Chicago Bears. That 32-7 win came on "Monday Night Football," just as this final episode will against the Falcons.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is greeted by 49ers’ Alex Boone (75) and Jonathan Goodwin, left, after Kaepernick passed to
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is greeted by 49ers' Alex Boone (75) and Jonathan Goodwin, left, after Kaepernick passed to 49ers' Vernon Davis for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. ((AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez))

Kaepernick is coming off one of his best games all season, having completed 19-of-29 overall attempts for 203 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 33-14 win at Tampa Bay.

His ability to throw on the run prompted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to make a rare comparison Thursday.

"I've never seen anybody throw to the left better on the run than Colin does," Harbaugh said.

"I was taught to throw on the run like that when I was 9," Kaepernick said.

Some of that may have come on the baseball diamond, perhaps some from admiring Packers quarterback Brett Favre.

"I loved his game," Kaepernick said. "He played with great passion. He could tell he was having fun and that's something I admire."


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Kaepernick is expecting a Falcons team motivated by last season's NFC Championship game, in which the 49ers rallied for a 28-24 win at the Georgia Dome.

"We want to leave Candlestick with a win," Kaepernick said. "That's what we're worried about."

Harbaugh likes how Kaepernick has led the 49ers (10-4) to the threshold of the 49ers' third-straight playoff berth.

"He's been fabulous all year, on the field, off the field, leadership in the locker room, obligations in the community, fulfilling all his obligations to the media," Harbaugh said. "He's just been A-plus across the board."

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