The Arizona Cardinals were stunned after knowing the 49ers beat the Falcons in dramatic fashion on Monday night. Head coach Bruce Arians said he didn't watch the game too intently while Patrick Peterson had no expectations heading into the game.
One of the biggest reasons why the 49ers had life on offense was WR Michael Crabtree playing his fourth game this year. The fifth-year WR had his first 100-yard performance in 2013 on Monday Night Football. Peterson said he doesn't think Crabtree is 100 percent recovered from his torn Achilles tendon.
"To come back from a torn Achilles is huge and put up the numbers he did Monday night, you can tell he’s slowly [picking up] momentum and confidence back in himself,” Peterson said in a conference call. "[Colin] Kaepernick is always trusting him to come out with the ball. It’s great to have that kind of chemistry between a quarterback and a receiver. He did look really, really good Monday. Hopefully, he doesn’t look good Sunday.”
In only four games, Crabtree is ranked third on the team with 255 receiving yards behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. He originally missed the first 11 games and the entire training camp after tearing his Achilles tendon back in May.
Arians said he doesn't see the same receiver yet, but claimed he is "close" to being completely healthy. This will be the first time Arians sees Crabtree as he wasn't playing in the previous matchup for Week 6.
While Crabtree can be viewed as a possession receiver, he is remembered for torching Peterson in a game back in 2012 where Alex Smith had only one incompletion in the game. Crabtree had five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdown receptions with several yards after catch.
Peterson said he will need to stay aware of the WR in a must-win game. In order to make the playoffs, the Cardinals need to beat San Francisco on Sunday combined with a Saints loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"[Crabtree] is so elusive and after the catch he does a great job of gaining yards after catch," Peterson said. "He reminds me of a Dez Bryant, a guy that is tough to tackle once the ball is in his hands."