"Name a guy [who] catches the ball better [than Crabtree] does," said Harbaugh on Monday. "All he does is continue to just catch and catch and catch and catch the ball, so [it was a] tremendous game by him once again."
In Saturday night's playoff game against the Packers, Crabtree's amazing season continued with 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns. With Kaepernick and Crabtree on the same page in only eight games, they will be dangerous for years to come. This connection is evolving to another level.
Since Colin Kaepernick became the starting quarterback in Week 10, Crabtree's ability has excelled even further. In eight full games with Kaepernick as quarterback, Crabtree has 51 receptions for 725 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. In comparison, Crabtree has 43 receptions for 499 yards and four touchdowns in nine games with Alex Smith as quarterback.
After Saturday's game, Crabtree didn't have a clear explanation for how he has clicked well with Kaepernick in a short time. He said it's all about motivation and having the will to win.
"I couldn’t tell you, it’s just something that happens." said Crabtree. "We are out there trying to make a play. We both have one goal, to try and win.”
Not only has Crabtree led the 49ers in receiving, but he's been the most reliable receiver in crunch time. In the regular season, Crabtree had 57 receptions that ended resulting in first downs for the 49ers.
Kaepernick said Crabtree is the one player who he can depend on to get open and catch the ball. Crabtree makes plays for the team when needed the most, according to Kaepernick.
"He is a key player in this offense," said Kaepernick. "He is a playmaker. He is someone that we want to get the ball into his hands and see what he can do.”
Ted Ginn Jr. noticed the changes to Crabtree's game for this year. With experience in the NFL, he has seen growth in him as a player.
"Crabtree has been in this league for a while, four years," said Ginn. "I just believe he's just come into his own."
The scary thing about this? Kaepernick and Crabtree have only just begun and can only get better from here on out.