Noting Crabtree's progress as playoffs near

January, 11, 2013
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is coming off a career season with 1,105 yards on 85 receptions.

Crabtree's emergence is notable heading into a playoff game against Green Bay given how poorly the 49ers' wideouts fared in the postseason one year ago.



Quarterback Alex Smith completed 1 of 9 passes for 3 yards when targeting wide receivers against the New York Giants during a 20-17 defeat in the NFC Championship Game. Crabtree had the lone reception.

Crabtree's production has spiked this season, especially with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He's catching passes further downfield and for more total yardage, as the chart shows.

Injuries devastated the position one year ago. They have hurt again this year, particularly when Mario Manningham landed on injured reserve.

Randy Moss has played 62 percent of the offensive snaps over the 49ers' past four games, close to double his percentage previously. He had four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay in Week 1. His 10 postseason touchdowns rank third in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (22) and John Stallworth (12). Moss has 16 touchdown receptions against the Packers, including two in the postseason.

Green Bay's opponents have completed 54 percent of their passes with 16 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 75.9 NFL passer rating when targeting wide receivers. The Packers rank eighth in passer rating allowed to wide receivers. Seattle's defense leads the NFL at 67.2.

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