Packers can't contain receiver in breakout playoff performance

  • San Francisco's Michael Crabtree scores a touchdown in the second quarter from a Colin Kaepernick pass during their game Saturday against the Packers.Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — This used to be Frank Gore's offense. He's still good — he rushed 22 times for 119 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers — but Saturday he wasn't even the 49ers' best running back. That was quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who rushed 16 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Now, Gore is one of the many good complimentary players on the 49ers' offense

And now, the main thrust of the 49ers' offense is to get the ball to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Many times this season, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has scripted the first play of the game to go to Crabtree. Saturday night was no different. Kaepernick threw a five-yard pass to Crabtree. He caught it and ran four more yards to set up second-and-1.

Roman called Crabtree's number three players later. He ran deep down the field and was open, but he slipped. Kaepernick had to find another receiver at the last second. He turned to his left and fired to Vernon Davis. Sam Shields picked off the pass and returned it for a touchdown.

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