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Who does Jim Harbaugh regard as the best catcher ever?

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Michael Crabtree is the "greatest catcher ever", at least according to San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, reports

The 26-year-old wide receiver is producing the form of his life, upon his return from an Achilles injury, and played a pivotal part in Sunday's 23-20 wildcard victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Crabtree's eight catches for 125 yards was instrumental, after he linked up well with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who himself is playing at his highest level.

Kaepernick targeted Crabtree 13 times on Sunday - a season-high - which represented a shift from the 49ers' regular season, when his 21 touchdown passes included just one to the two-time All-American, although he played in just five games on his way back from offseason surgery.

Praising Crabtree for the impact he's made since returning to the roster, Harbaugh enthused about his ability in the air.

"People talk about cold weather and it'd be tough to catch balls. But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything," he said. "It's unbelievable.

"In the northern snowlands, down to the tropics' sunny scenes, he's catching the football. Where they throw a football, he'll be catching it.

"If my life depended on it and somebody had to catch a ball - I'd enlist Michael Crabtree to do it."

Next up for the 49ers is a trip to California where they'll take on the Panthers in the playoffs.

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