The last time the 49ers played the Seahawks, they didn’t have receiver Michael Crabtree. And the Niners lost, 29-3.
This time, Crabtree is back. And he thinks it will lead to an improved outcome for San Francisco.
“Now it’s different. New day, new game,” Crabtree said Friday, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
Tight end Vernon Davis agrees.
“They’re definitely going to have to make changes,” Davis said. “We’ve got Crabtree back and have pretty much all our weapons. It’s going to be exciting and interesting to see the changes they make to stop us. They can’t leave us one-on-one the whole time.”
Of course, the 49ers had Crabtree when the two teams played last December. And they still lost big, 42-13. Crabtree had four catches for 65 yards.
Earlier in the season, Crabtree had four catches for 31 yards in a 13-6 win.
“I can’t wait to go out there and do what I can do,” Crabtree said. “This week is a big week for us. With that [11-1] record, you’re supposed to be the top team in the NFL. We’ll see on Sunday.”
Yes we will. But the outcome may not be what Crabtree assumes it will be.