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San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree’s Return Propels Team to Win

Michael Crabtree

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This week, Michael Crabtree finally made his return to the lineup for the San Francisco 49ers. His statistical impact may have been marginal, but his presence was apparent in other aspects of the game. Crabtree’s presence on the field Sunday opened up room for teammates Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, and gave quarterback Colin Kaepernick one more reliable target to throw to.

Michael Crabtree only had two receptions in the game, but a 60-yard catch-and-run illustrated how dynamic he can be. While Kaepernick threw for 275 yards and a passer rating of 111.5, Boldin and Davis combined for 180 yards on 13 receptions. The passing game was humming in Crabtree’s return and the team can only go up from here, but just how far can they go?

The 49ers have looked in sync the last few weeks on both sides of the ball and seem to be peaking at just the right time, but can the 49ers remain consistent the rest of the season? The offense has been flummoxed at times this season without the key receiver, but with Crabtree back, 49ers fans can once again have championship aspirations. Kaepernick is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game and the receiving corps of the 49ers is lethal, so what is preventing the team from heading to New York for the Super Bowl?

San Francisco still has two key divisional games remaining on the schedule, but the 49ers could take a big step forward if the team is able to run the table down the stretch.

Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.