SANTA CLARA -- Bluntly put, Colin Kaepernick's completion percentage ranks 33rd in a quarterback-craved, 32-team league where he's pegged as a rising star.

Kaepernick isn't agonizing over it, not after leading the 49ers to Sunday's 19-17, come-from-behind "must win" over the first-place Seattle Seahawks.

"I think I've been doing a pretty good job with it," Kaepernick said Wednesday of his accuracy. "For the most part, I've been putting balls where I want to. There's obviously always a few you'd want back."

Although Kaepernick and the 49ers (9-4) rallied, his 67.5 passer rating marked his lowest in a winning start. Asked if he saw any mechanical flaws among his misfired passes, he quickly dismissed the question.

San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks to throw against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at Candlestick Park
San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks to throw against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

"We won, and that's all that matters," Kaepernick said.

A 10th win and potential playoff berth could be secured this Sunday at Tampa Bay. On display will be the league's lowest-ranked passing offenses: The Buccaneers are 31st (180.8 yards per game) and the 49ers have fallen to 32nd (178.8).

Intercepting Kaepernick could be the key to an upset. Such ball-hawking has led to the Buccaneers' recent reversal, from an 0-8 start to victories in four of their past five. Tampa Bay leads the league with 21 interceptions, of which 13 have come in the past five games.

Kaepernick has endured only one game with multiple interceptions: a Week 2 loss at Seattle, where he threw a career-high three interceptions in the 29-3 defeat.


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While Kaepernick has kept his interception ratio low (2.4 percent), his 57.2 completion percentage ranks only ahead of the New York Jets' Geno Smith (55.4 percent), Houston's Case Keenum (54.3) and Cleveland's Brandon Weeden (52.8).

"He's doing a good job keeping his composure, going out every week and putting his team in a good situation," Dashon Goldson, the former 49ers and current Bucs safety, said on a Wednesday conference call.

Kaepernick calls Goldson "one of my good friends," and they saw each other last month when Goldson visited Santa Clara (and a nearby chiropractor) during his one-game, league-issued suspension.

What's the key to stopping Goldson & Co?

"We're going to have to do a great job in protection," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "They have every blitz known to man (and) very good secondary players."

Kaepernick & Co. conquered the Seahawks defense with scoring drives at the end of each half, including his 8-yard scramble that set up the winning field goal and helped work the clock.

His passing stats weren't great (15 of 29, 175 yards, one touchdown, one interception), but he welcomed the long-awaited tandem of Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, who each were targeted eight times.

"It gives you a lot of confidence to put the ball in the air," Kaepernick said of that duo. "You can give them chances that you normally wouldn't give a receiver."

  • Harbaugh stoically shot down a question about being linked to the University of Texas job. "Are you trying to be funny?" Harbaugh said, after being asked when he's headed to Austin.

    Mack Brown remains the Longhorns coach amid reports he intends to step down. "I don't ever talk about any job other than the one I have," said Harbaugh, who is in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract.

  • Crabtree surfaced on the injury report for the first time since getting activated two weeks ago, but he was limited with an ankle issue, not his Achilles, which he tore in the offseason.

  • Running back Frank Gore also was limited by an ankle issue, but he has appeared in every game since 2011.

  • Left tackle Anthony Davis took a diplomatic approach and said his relationship is "cool" with Greg Schiano, his former Rutgers coach and the current Bucs coach. "It was a learning experience," Davis said of his Rutgers days. "If you can make it there under him, you can make it anywhere."

    When Davis signed a $37 million extension in April, he tweeted an alleged quote of Schiano telling him he'd be a "one-contract-and-done" NFL player. "I know I got under his skin sometimes," Schiano said on a conference call. "I did push him, but I love him and I think he's a great player and great person."

  • Guard Adam Snyder was not present at practice for what the team listed as noninjury related. Snyder has started the past three games at left guard in place of Mike Iupati, who practiced (limited) Wednesday for the first time since spraining his left knee Nov. 17.

  • On Tuesday, the 49ers signed guard Ryan Seymour (No. 62) off the Seahawks' practice squad.

  • As has been the case much of the past month, defensive tackles Ray McDonald (ankle) and Justin Smith (shoulder) did not practice.

  • Others limited were cornerback Tarell Brown (ribs; first practice not in a non-contact jersey), wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee), safety Craig Dahl (ankle), tight end Vance McDonald (ankle) and linebacker (Dan Skuta).

  • Outside linebacker Aldon Smith (shoulder) and left tackle Joe Staley (right knee) were full participants.

  • Phil Dawson is the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week, having made Sunday's last-minute, game-winning field goal. It was Dawson's franchise-record 20th consecutive successful field goal.

    SUNDAY'S GAME

    49ers (9-4) at Tampa Bay (4-9), 10 a.m. FOX

    RATINGS GAME

    After completing 51.7 percent of his passes (15 for 29) with a 67.5 Total Quarterback Rating in Sunday's win over Seattle, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to trail his 2012 totals in both categories. Here's how Kaepernick's 2013 stats compare with 2012:

    Cm-Att Pct. TD INT QBR
    2012 136-218 62.4 10 3 98.3
    2013 190-332 57.2 16 8 87.0