The San Francisco 49ers 23rd ranked passing attack enters their second straight NFC Championship behind outstanding sophomore quarterback Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco is traveling to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons and their 23rd ranked passing defense.
Kaepernick has a rocket for an arm, and aside from the early interception to Sam Shields, played a good game against an aggressive Packers pass defense last week. A big part of that was Michael Crabtree. The Kaepernick-Crabtree combination has been one of the NFL’s most effective combinations since Kaepernick took over as the 49ers signal caller.
Crabtree’s 9 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown last week quadrupled the production of any other 49er wide receiver. Crabtree is Kaepernick's trusted receiver, looked for in critical situations, 3rd downs, red zone, and any time that there is a pass called. While Crabtree has been building chemistry with Kaepernick, elite tight end Vernon Davis says chemistry is the reason for the drop in his production. Davis did catch a deep 44-yard pass from Kaepernick against the Packers, but was left in to block at times on passing downs, and has not seen the targets a weapon of his caliber should see.
Davis will have another opportunity to break out, as Davis creates a mismatch against both Atlanta’s safeties and linebackers. Randy Moss is still one of the leagues best diversions, and his deep threat keeps heat off both Crabtree and the 49ers running game. The Falcons cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson lead the Falcons 23rd ranked passing defense, and have a tough time ahead of them, guarding one of the NFL’s emerging receivers in Crabtree.