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Kaepernick Shows off Arm with Crabtree Connection

Posted Nov 9, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback and his coach relived the highlight reel-worthy play that set up a game-tying field goal on Sunday at the Superdome.

Was that as far as Colin Kaepernick could throw a football?

"Um, nah," the winning quarterback said, barely cracking a smile.

Still, Kaepernick's 51-yard, game-changing pass to Michael Crabtree late in the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints was impressive all the same.

With 1:34 left in the fourth quarter, Kaepernick heaved the ball to Crabtree, converting a 4th-and-10 and setting up Phil Dawson's 45-yard, game-tying field goal.

"Glad he's got the arm strength to throw the ball that far," Jim Harbaugh said postgame. "I was watching Colin, and I saw him set up, then I looked and saw Michael Crabtree.

"Great vision (by Kap); great concentration by Michael."

The coach went on to say that Kaepernick, who was 14-of-32 for 210 yards passing overall, was "not perfect but very sharp."

On this play, however, number 7 was the latter, despite the fact that the play didn't unfold as planned.

Crabtree "was the third or fourth guy I looked at when I was scrambling, so I was surprised," Kaepernick said. "Our offensive line gave me time to make a play."

In the span of this play, San Francisco went from its own 22-yard line and potentially losing the game to New Orleans' 30-yard line.

What was the team's mindset in the huddle before and after the play?

“We had to score,” Kaepernick said. “No one flinched.”
Crabtree, for his part, had dropped a pass on the previous third-down play. He finished with 62 yards on three grabs overall, one much more important than the others.

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