Jim Harbaugh had said it before. He had occasion to say it again on Sunday evening.
His eight receptions went for a postseason career-high 125 of
"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."
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Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted the officials’ part in the game’s outcome.
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.
Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com took the big-picture route and gauged the 49ers championship chances.
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Great team win in a tough road environment. This was the first step in the journey to our ultimate team goal. On to Carolina. #QuestForSix—
Anquan Boldin(@AnquanBoldin) January 6, 2014