Michael Crabtree Proves To Be San Francisco 49ers’ Offensive X-Factor
Coming into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, a player I singled out as being an X-factor for the San Francisco 49ers on offense was wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Sure enough, in the 49ers’ 23-20 win over the Packers in their NFC Wild Card Playoff win, Crabtree was a major key at the beginning of the game and also in the final game-winning drive.
On the 49ers’ first offensive drive of the game, Crabtree came out and caught four passes, including a clutch 31-yard reception on fourth-and-six from the Packers’ 35-yard line which allowed the 49ers to score and set the tone. It was clear that Kaepernick was relying on Crabtree when he needed a key completion, and the WR did not disappoint.
This confidence would come back to bear fruit on the 49ers’ game-winning drive as Kaepernick started it with an 11-yard completion to Crabtree. Later on with a third-and-10 from their own 31-yard line, Kaepernick found Crabtree for a key 17 yard completion that proved to be vital in keeping the drive going.
It was a very good game for Crabtree, ended up with eight receptions for 125 yards receiving on 13 targets. While he has not always looked like his old self since his return, he showed that he was ready to answer the call as he notched his third 100-plus yard receiving game in the postseason.