San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree Comes Up Big In Fourth Quarter
In week one against the Green Bay Packers the San Francisco 49ers made it a point of getting the football to wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the first quarter. Tonight he was relatively quiet until the last drive excluding the kneel down against the Detroit Lions.
Each catch he made came on a third down play where he picked up a first down. The first was a third and seven and even though he got pushed out-of-bounds he was able to stretch the ball forward to pick up the necessary yardage, the second catch came on third and 14 in which he caught a short pass from Alex Smith and picked up 16 yards after receiving a great block from running back Frank Gore and his last catch came on a third and 10 play where he picked up 11 yards.
After Kendall Hunter ran for a gain of seven, Smith lobbed a pass for what looked like another a first down to Vernon Davis, yet he was able to elude the defenders and score his second touchdown of the night. With the extra point by David Akers the score went to 27-12.
Overall the drive went for 13 plays and 79 yards. It required the Lions to take two timeouts and though Matthew Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew for a touchdown with well over a minute to play the resulting kick got recovered by the 49erswide receiver Kyle Williams and all Smith needed to was take a knee to end the game.
Crabtree finished the game with six catches for 67 yards and a long of 17. Without the three catches in the fourth quarter the game may have ended differently. As for Smith he continues to play impressive football completing 20/31 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns and he improved on his 49er record of passes attempted without an interception. Also, it Marked the second straight week the defense has allowed under 20 points to one of the better offenses in the NFL.
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