San Francisco 49ers Kaepernick and Crabtree almost made the comeback a success
There were just under four minutes on the clock for the grueling NFC Championship game to come to an end and the 49ers were up against the most solid defense in the entire NFL. They were down six and had 78 yards to go. With the fans close to 68,500 and the rowdy Seattle fans at the height of their noise, the tensions were mounting high.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said that they invested it all in one touchdown drive.
“It was one drive,” said Harbaugh. “One touchdown drive and we move on. That’s what our guys believed would happen.”
And the 49ers did nearly succeed in turning around the tide of the match. The 49ers made it to the Seahawks 18 yard line from where 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw the ball to the end zone, hoping it would be the throw that won them the match and tickets to the Super Bowl. However, they came close but the Seahawks prevented them from finishing the job. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman intervened and at the game winning moment prevented the ball from reaching 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and it ended up in the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith. For the second time in a row the 49ers run for the Super Bowl. They have managed in the last three seasons to be in the NFC Championships twice and once in the Super Bowl but they have yet to win a Super Bowl after coming this close again and again.
Harbaugh said he was proud to be with the team and the fight they put up in their game.
“It’s great competition,” said Harbaugh of coming up short, again. “Not many people get to be in this arena. I’m proud of our guys for the fight they showed today and all season.”
The play was the main highlight of the match that kept everyone talking. The fight between Sherman and Crabtree for the ball at that moment was also of main interest. Kaepernick said if he had to handle Crabtree one on one he would do it anytime.
“I had a one-on-one matchup with Crab. I’ll take that every time,” Kaepernick said.