In two playoff games, Colin Kaepernick has taken 49ers fans breath away … and not always in a good way.

In wins over Green Bay and Carolina, Kaepernick has thrown near-pick-sixes, but the ill-advised throws were dropped by Green Bay cornerback Micah Hyde and Carolina safety Quintin Mikell.

In the wild-card win against the Packers, Hyde couldn’t corral a throw intended for wideout Anquan Boldin inside the 49ers’ 40-yard line with four minutes left and the scored tied at 20-20. If Hyde held on, the sleeveless Kaepernick – hailed for his grittiness in freezing conditions – would have been criticized for his recklessness.

Last week, Mikell jumped Kaepernick’s second-quarter slant to Michael Crabtree on 3rd-and-8 from the 49ers’ three-yard line, but couldn’t finish the play.

Kaepernick, obviously, has recently benefited from some good fortune, but he’s also been very good when it comes to avoiding turnovers in his 28-start career: Including playoff games, Kaepernick has thrown 14 interceptions in 777 attempts, one pick per every 55.5 passes (Perspective: His Highness, Joe Montana, averaged an interception every 38.3 attempts).