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Michael Crabtree 'Hyped' to Play Seahawks


Michael Crabtree's second game of 2013 happens to take place against a longtime rival of the 49ers.

The fifth-year wideout recognized that Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks has him fired up.

Crabtree's focus leading up to Sunday is actually to relax before the game.

"It's really about me calming myself down," said the wideout, who caught two passes for 68 yards in his season debut last week. "It's my second game this year. It happened to fall on the Seattle Seahawks which is a big game. I can't wait to go out there and play."

Crabtree also recognized that Sunday's home game with Seattle is a chance for the 49ers to face one of the best teams in the league. And perhaps, make a statement.

"Anybody who has a record like that and is supposed to be the top team in the NFL, if not the top team, I'm like, 'We'll see on Sunday," Crabtree said.

"It gets you hyped."

The 49ers physical receiver is focused more on the 11-on-11 aspects of the game than potential confrontations with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

"I just want to play against whoever is in front of me," Crabtree said.

"I just look forward to getting back on the field. I think this is bigger than him."

Crabtree said he had soreness on his Achilles after his first game back, but noted that it felt good to feel sore.

"I feel like I did something," he said.

Crabtree also contributed in the run game by inserting himself into the action with physical blocks.

According to the 49ers wideout, that's nothing new.

And he's right.

"That's my game," Crabtree said. "That's every game. Last year, year before that, year before that."

Paired with veteran Anquan Boldin, Crabtree said his style of play wasn't done to combat St. Louis' physicality. It was just the hard-nosed brand of football played by San Francisco's starting wideouts.

Crabtree recognized the "big week" ahead of the 49ers and stressed repeatedly that he couldn't wait to play against a quality opponent like Seattle.

"We're taking it just like any other game," he said. "We're preparing, we're going hard in practice like we do every day. We're really trying to show what we've been practicing on Sunday."

So while Seattle has won two consecutive matchups over San Francisco, Crabtree isn't too worried about past results.

"You can't really do too much thinking… it's about us going out as a team and playing. Vernon (Davis), Frank (Gore), Mario (Manningham), whoever – we just have to make it happen.

"It's not about one person... It's about going out, playing with the team and winning."

And if Seattle wants to play man-to-man and press Crabtree at the line of scrimmage, the 49ers wideout is fine with such attention.

"We'll see if it's like that," Crabtree said to the media. "After the game y'all can tell me if it's like that.

"That's what Sunday is for."

The 49ers wideout added at the end of his media session, "I'm pretty sure they know about me.

"I'm pretty sure they know when I'm out there, I'm out there to win."

Without Crabtree, the 49ers lost 29-3 in Seattle back in Week 2. Crabtree watched the game from the sideline, but felt like it won't have any influence on this week's contest.

"It was what it was; now it's different," he said. "It's a new day. It's a new game.

"All we can control is our future."


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