Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) warms up before the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Harbaugh Calls Crabtree 'Greatest Catcher of All Time'

Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) makes a catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde (33) during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers moved past Green Bay in the NFC wildcard round last night at Lambeau Field thanks in large part to the performance from Red Raider royalty Michael Crabtree.

In a 23-20 win over the Packers, Crabtree caught eight passes for 125 yards, highlighted by a clutch 17-yard snag in a third-and-10 situation on San Fran’s game-winning drive. The former All-American at Texas Tech returned from injury just in time to help the ‘Niners secure playoff position and has become a deadly weapon for head coach Jim Harbaugh, who had glowing words for Crabtree’s performance after the game.

People talk about cold weather and it’d be tough to catch balls…But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything. It’s unbelievable.


In the northern snowlands, down to the tropics’ sunny scenes, he’s catching the football. Where they throw a football, he’ll be catching it.


If my life depended on it and somebody had to catch a ball, I’d enlist Michael Crabtree to do it.

High praise from the coach of the franchise that featured Jerry Rice back in the day. His comments speak to Crabtree’s tremendously strong hands and physical dominance, things Red Raider fans are quite familiar with.

Crabtree was the favorite target (13) of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s only other 13 passes on the night were split between two different receivers.

Tells us what you think. Is Michael Crabtree one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game? If not, will he ever be? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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