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Morning Tailgate: Quinton Patton Likes 'Big Stage'

Posted Jan 14, 2014

The 49ers rookie wide receiver has impressed his coach with his ability to contribute in various ways right away.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton has impressed Jim Harbaugh in more than one way.

Perhaps the biggest way: The 49ers rookie pass-catcher doesn’t shrink from the spotlight.

“The big stage does not frighten him,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “And I really like that about him.”

This was made clear in San Francisco’s Week 17 win at Arizona, when a Patton catch down the sidelines set up a game-winning field goal. It’s been further supported by Patton’s performance in the first two playoff games of his burgeoning career.

The 23-year-old Louisiana Tech product had just one catch in the NFC Divisional round win at Carolina – a 23-yarder to move the chains on the third play of the game – but his impact was felt in other ways.

His lock-up blocking on Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas late in the fourth quarter, for example, frustrated Thomas so much that he took a swing (and missed) at Patton. On a 3rd-and-10 play that saw reserve running back Kendall Hunter gain two yards, the 49ers would be given 15 and a new set of downs.

While Harbaugh cautioned that it wasn’t Patton’s intention to peeve Thomas, the coach went out of his way to compliment the team’s No. 3 wideout.

“Quinton’s been a real good blue-collar guy for us now,” he said. “Each and every week, he’s contributed something. And you feel good about that and that improvement and hope for continued success.”

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle provided Jim Harbaugh’s take on Seahawks ticket sales.

Kale Williams of SFGate.com focused on how hard it would be to get tickets.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News looked ahead to the game itself.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com quoted analyst Trent Dilfer on Colin Kaepernick’s play.

Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee wrote about the 49ers being road-tested.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com took a deeper look at the 49ers goal-line stands.