Crabtree-Boldin best 49ers WR duo since Rice-Taylor?

Crabtree-Boldin best 49ers WR duo since Rice-Taylor?
January 16, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Jerry Rice and John Taylor were teammates on the 49ers from 1987 to 1995. (AP)

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Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin were supposed to form the dynamic 1-2 wide receiver punch the 49ers didn't have last season.

That plan came crashing down when Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in May.

However, the two receivers have been in uniform together for San Francisco's last seven games (including the playoffs).

How did they each fare in those contests?

1) Week 13 vs. St. Louis -- Boldin: 9 catches, 98 yards | Crabtree: 2 catches, 68 yards
2) Week 14 vs. Seattle -- Boldin: 6 catches, 93 yards | Crabtree: 4 catches, 40 yards
3) Week 15 at Tampa -- Boldin: 3 catches, 43 yards | Crabtree: 5 catches, 45 yards, TD
4) Week 16 vs. Atlanta -- Boldin: 6 catches, 72 yards, TD | Crabtree: 5 catches, 102 yards
5) Week 17 at Arizona -- Boldin: 9 catches, 149 yards, TD | Crabtree: 3 catches, 29 yards
6) Wild Card at Green Bay -- Boldin: 3 catches, 38 yards | Crabtree: 8 catches, 125 yards
7) Divisional at Carolina -- Boldin: 8 catches, 136 yards | Crabtree: 3 catches, 26 yards 


Pretty good numbers, right?

On Thursday's edition of Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, host Jim Kozimor asked veteran columnist Scott Ostler if the Crabtree-Boldin duo could be as good as the Jerry Rice-John Taylor tandem of years ago.

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"That's blasphemy," Ostler said. "That's a bit of a stretch. But if these guys win this year's Super Bowl and maybe next year, then we'll start talking about that."

Kozimor then asked, "But maybe the best since then?"

"I think so, yeah," Ostler answered. "But Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice overlapped for a little while."

True. Rice and Owens lined up opposite each other for five seasons from '96 to '00 (Rice only appeared in two games in '97) and produced some pretty big numbers.

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