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Morning Tailgate: Crabtree the 'Greatest Catcher'

Posted Jan 6, 2014

The 49ers wide receiver's eight receptions for a postseason career-high 125 yards led the offense on Sunday in Green Bay.

Jim Harbaugh had said it before. He had occasion to say it again on Sunday evening.

After all, Michael Crabtree more than made his presence felt in the 49ers 23-20 Wild Card wrap-up victory in Green Bay.

His eight receptions went for a postseason career-high 125 of Colin Kaepernick's 227 yards, including his 17-yard grab late in the fourth quarter to convert a crucial 3rd-and-10. This was Crabtree's third 100-yard playoff game in five NFL seasons.

"People talk about cold weather, and it being tough to catch balls," Harbaugh told reporters postgame. "But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything. It’s unbelievable.

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"In the northern snow lands, down to the tropic sunny scenes, he’s catching the football. Wherever they throw a football, he’ll be catching it."

In May 2012, Harbaugh said Crabtree had the best hands he'd ever seen on a receiver. This carried more weight, coming from a former NFL quarterback.

"I've said it before," the coach said. “If my life depended on it, somebody had to catch a ball, I’d enlist Michael Crabtree to do it."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about Phil Dawson’s first playoff walk-off.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted the officials’ part in the game’s outcome.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle highlighted the late-game contributions of Frank Gore.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com focused on the play of Colin Kaepernick under center.

Nate Davis of USA Today graded San Francisco’s overall performance positively.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com featured Perrish Cox, who played immediately upon his return.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com took the big-picture route and gauged the 49ers championship chances.





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