(SAN FRANCISCO) — Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers did their part to make sure they would get a first-round bye in the playoffs. Then the Minnesota Vikings did the rest.
Crabtree caught two touchdowns and the 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-13 to clinch the NFC West championship on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
The win, coupled with the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Vikings shortly afterwards, gave the 49ers the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Crabtree caught eight passes for 172 yards, but gave all praise to his quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “My dude made it happen,” Crabtree said of the second-year quarterback. “I’m really focused on these playoffs.”
The Cardinals (5-11) finished the season by losing 11 of their last twelve games. “Today’s game kind of mirrored our season,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I’m proud of the way our team’s worked. You understand this is part of the business. We haven’t won enough games this year.”
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News