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San Francisco 49ers coach hails "NFL's greatest ever catcher"

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is the greatest catcher in NFL history, according to coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 26-year-old claimed 125 receiving yards and eight catches to help the 49ers claim a 23-20 wildcard win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, including a superb 17-yard grab in his team's final game-winning drive in the 4th quarter.

Crabtree showed no side-effects of the Achilles injury that caused him to miss the first 12 weeks of the regular season.

49ers coach Harbaugh could barely contain his delight at the wide receiver's performance that helped set up a divisional round showdown against the Carolina Panthers.

"People talk about cold weather and it'd be tough to catch balls," he told reporters after the game at Lambeau Field. "But the greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree, catches everything. 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."

And Harbaugh didn't stop their either.

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

Now the 49ers have a shot at gaining revenge over the Panthers and move one step closer to the Super Bowl when they head to the Bank of America Stadium next Saturday.

The Panthers inflicted a 10-9 defeat on the 49ers, with Graham Gano kicking a late 4th quarter field goal to snap San Francisco's five-game winning streak in November.

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