TAMPA, Fla. – Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis hooked up for the big play of the day, but Davis had no time to enjoy it.
Kaepernick delivered a second-quarter pass on the money to Davis for a 52-yard touchdown. The ball traveled 63 yards in the air, and Davis outran Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mark Barron to haul it in a couple yards deep in the end zone.
The wall at Raymond James Stadium offered a lot more resistance, however, than the Tampa Bay secondary. The stands are situated about 5 yards behind the back line of the end zone, and Davis hit the padded permanent wall while running at top speed.
“I didn’t know it was that close,” Davis said. “I didn’t know their wall was right there. Just made the play, and when I looked up, the wall was right there.
“(It) just knocked the wind out of me a little bit.”
Earlier in the second quarter, Kaepernick’s deep pass for Davis was just a little out of his grasp. This time, Davis was able to catch it in stride.
“The timing was perfect,” Davis said. “It was just the way we rehearsed it in practice. He put it right where it was supposed to be.”
Davis caught five passes for 79 yards. His touchdown catch gave him 12 on the season, making him the first tight end in NFL history with two years of 12 or more touchdown catches in a season.