The 49ers were happy to cap their season off with a win that gave them the NFC West Division title, but the game featured a number of other highlights for the Red and Gold as well.
Michael Crabtree set a career high with 172 yards on eight catches, including a pair of touchdowns. He became the first 49ers receiver to pass the 1,000-yard milestone in a season since Terrell Owens did it in 2003. Crabtree finished with 1,105 for the year.
Colin Kaepernick set a career high in passing yards with 276, including two touchdowns. His previous high was last week at Seattle, when he had 244.
The quarterback’s milestone was news to both players when asked about it after the game, however.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really paying attention. I didn’t even know you had a career high day,” Crabtree said to Kapernick.
“I didn’t either,” Kaepernick said as they shared the postgame podium. “I just found out.”
The wideout went on to sum up the attitude the team shares on the field.
“It’s football. We just go out there and play.”
Playoff opponent: While the 49ers will have to wait a week to find out their playoff opponent in the divisional round, they do know one thing: it won’t be against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. The star running back helped his team lock up the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs with their win Sunday. As a result, if the Vikings knock off the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round, they’ll face the Atlanta Falcons regardless of the outcome of the other NFC wild-card game. The 49ers lost to the Vikings 24-13 on Sept. 23 and Peterson has been running wild ever since.
Pounding the rock: Frank Gore scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter, extending his franchise record 51 career touchdowns, eight of which have come this season. He finished the year with 1,214 rushing yards.
Elite company: Jim Harbaugh became just the eighth coach in NFL history to win division titles in each of his first two seasons. George Seifert also did it with the 49ers in 1989-90. Harbaugh is only the third to do so after taking over a team with a losing record the previous season, joining Chuck Knox in 1973-74 and Ted Marchibroda in 1975-76.
Davis limited in return: A week after suffering a concussion, Vernon Davis was active Sunday and saw limited action. He caught one pass for five yards and was targeted twice.