The 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-13, Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park to win the NFC West and gain a week off with a first-round bye in the playoffs.
“It was a lot harder this time around to get it,” safety Donte Whitner said. “We had targets on our back all year so to be able to get a first-round bye is tremendous.”
“Winning the NFC West means a lot to us, for the players, for us as a team. It’s arguably the best conference.” Harbaugh said.
Crabtree became the first player since Terrell Owens in 2003 to have more than 1000 receiving yards for a season.
“He’s had a terrific season and he’s done it many times this year. Multiple games where he’s given us a big lift and a big spark. He’s stepped up, he’s made the plays.” Harbaugh said afterwards.
Sunday also marked a new career high in passing yards for Kaepernick, as he went 16 of 28 for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
LaMichael James had 49 yards rushing on 7 carries while veteran stalwart Frank Gore ran for 68 yards on 20 rush attempts.
Alex Smith received a standing ovation late in the fourth quarter as he took over the final two drives for the 49ers offense.
Ever the great teammate having been replaced mid-season, Smith said, “It was fun to be back out on the field I’m loving what’s going on. We have such a great group of guys and to win the division is a great feeling.”
The match up for the 49ers is simple. If the Packers win they come to Candlestick, lose, then the 49ers will face the winner of the Redskins/Seahawks. Either way, it’ll be played at Candlestick.
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