NEW ORLEANS — At least Colin Kaepernick has played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
That’s more than can be said for fifth-year Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who has never played in New Orleans.
And while that might sound like a trivial thing, San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley says Kaepernick, the second-year players, has the advantage heading into Sunday's Super Bowl 47 showdown.
“I think he is familiar with the surroundings and especially playing in a dome, I hear a lot of quarterbacks and receivers talk about a lot of domes are different as far as the lighting,” Staley said. “No dome is the same. I think it was big.”
In that Nov. 25 game, Kaepernick went 16 of 25 for 231 yards in a 31-21 win over the Saints. He threw one touchdown and tossed an interception.
He also rushed six times for 27 yards and another touchdown.
All of that came in his first career road start, one that was a harbinger of things to come.
By playing in the Superdome, Kaepernick is familiar with where the 40-second clocks are and he’s familiar with how the lights affect his passes and how the receivers see the ball.
Kaepernick, for what it’s worth, is playing down the significance.
“How beneficial is it Sunday?” he said. ‘It’s just being familiar with it but you still have to go out and play.”
Kaepernick started the final seven games of 2012 and in 13 games, threw for 1,814 yards with 10 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also rushed for 415 yards and another five scores.
He has started three games in domed stadiums this season, going 53 of 78 for 672 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and an additional 137 yards rushing on 17 carries with another touchdown.