Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree said after the regular-season finale that he wanted to make up for his lack of production in last year’s playoffs, when he totaled just 28 yards on four catches over two games.
The young wideout made good on his promise as he was Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target throughout the 45-31 NFC divisional playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree hauled in nine passes for 119 yards and a pair of scores, accounting for 45 percent of the team’s 263 receiving yards.
Crabtree said he’s not worried about who wins today’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
“I’m not cheering for nobody but the 49ers,” he said. “Whoever wins, wins. We’ll play, we’ll battle it out.”
Should Seattle win, the Seahawks would travel to Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship Game next Sunday. If Atlanta prevails, the 49ers would travel east.
Record-setters: Kaepernick said he didn’t know until after the game that his 181 rushing yards had set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in the playoffs.
As impressive as that was, it was not the only new standard set by the 49ers on Saturday.
The team also piled up a total of 579 yards of offense, a team playoff record. Fueling that fire was a Niners playoff-record 323 rushing yards.
Backbone of the defense: Defensive lineman Justin Smith made his return from a torn triceps suffered in the 49ers’ Dec. 16 win over the New England Patriots. He had five tackles vs. the Packers as the defense rebounded from a allowing two touchdowns in the first quarter to hold them to 17 points over the final three quarters.
Akers rewards faith: David Akers’ job was in jeopardy after making just 29 of 42 field-goal attempts this season, but the 14-year veteran held off Billy Cundiff to keep his spot on the roster. He didn’t disappoint, making his only field-goal try — a 36-yarder that gave the 49ers a 24-21 lead at the end of the first half.
Icing on the cake: Before the Niners dominated on the field Saturday, six of the Red and Gold were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
Linebackers Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were joined by safety Dashon Goldson, guard Mike Iupati and punter Andy Lee.