The final game ball of the season goes to Michael Crabtree. In continuing his steady progression towards becoming a true go to guy for the 49ers, he did some amazing stuff on Sunday. He was not only critical in helping the 49ers put the finishing touches on their division winning regular season, but he also became the first San Francisco 49er receiver since Terrell Owens to put up 1,000 yards in a season.
With the San Francisco 49ers needing a bounce back game to clinch the division, and a bye in the first round, there were plenty of reasons for the Niners to show up big for this game. Oddly enough though, the team as a whole did not. They were even trailing the Arizona Cardinals at one point 6-0, which isn’t all that bad... against most teams. Then Crabtree burst on the scene. He would open the scoring for the 49ers on a 49 yard bomb from Kaepernick, and the 49ers would not look back. That was the start of an offensive onslaught that would lead to 27 unanswered points. Crabtree would finish the day with a very impressive 172 yards with 8 receptions and 2 TD’s.
We’ve all been waiting patiently for Crabtree to develop into a legitimate number one option in the pass attack, and I think it’s starting to pay off. He’s developed an amazing rapport with Colin Kaepernick, and become the 49ers go to guy in general, but even more so on third down. With Sunday’s performance he set both season and career highs in yards, and tied his season high of 2 touchdowns.
If this high level of play can continue in the playoffs, it will go a long way in helping the Niners make a run at the Super Bowl. I’m thinking, he’ll find a way to keep it up.