The NFC championship game came close to ending differently for Colin Kaepernick. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded sharply and succinctly to the rant Richard Sherman directed at 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Kaepernick, whose pass toward Crabtree in the endzone was tipped by Sherman into the arms of Malcolm Smith in the closing seconds, noted that the NFC championship game could have ended much differently.

“If I throw that ball one foot farther, it’s a TD and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman,” Kaepernick said (via the New York Post) in his first comments about the play as he was making the rounds of interviews at Super Bowl XLVIII. “His comments were ridiculous. If you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?”

After making a “choking” gesture on the field, Sherman blasted Crabtree as a mediocre receiver in the rant that went viral. Earlier this week, he said that he “shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree.”

Kaepernick added, “He’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to [exploiting] next year.”

Sherman was fined $7,875 last week for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting.