The 49er’s 2012 leading receiver caught 5 balls for 45 yards and his first touchdown of the season after missing the first 11 games while rehabbing a torn Achilles he suffered last spring.
Crabtree is clearly playing with a lot of emotion. His competitiveness and emotion showed on one particular play when he was overthrown by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Crabtree threw the ball back and hit Bucs’ linebacker Lavonte David, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
He explained his mindset after the game, in a report from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco:
“I just want to play. I feel like I got to catch up. Everybody keeps trying to slow me down, and telling me to chill. I don’t feel like chillin’, I feel like playing. I feel like catching touchdowns, catching balls, and making plays,” Crabtree said.
With today’s performance, Crabtree moved ahead of the now departed Kyle Williams for second behind Anquan Boldin in yards from 49ers’ wide receivers on the season (153). He also became just the second San Francisco receiver – not including tight end Vernon Davis – to catch a touchdown pass.
“I feel like I came a long way,” Crabtree said. “All that rehabbing. All those days you can’t sleep at home because you’re thinking about football. And now the day has come for me to go play, and I’m just taking it in stride.”