Offensive Player(s) of the Year: Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree
Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree
Gore carried the 49ers early in the season, and Crabtree came on late in the year, as the 49ers' ground and air leaders accounted for more than 2,500 yards of total offense.
Gore was named to his fourth Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns. Crabtree did not get any Pro Bowl recognition, but he became the 49ers' only legitimate option in the passing game down the stretch. Crabtree recorded 85 catches for 1,105 yards -- coincidentally, the exact same numbers Dwight Clark compiled in 1981 when the 49ers went on to the franchise's first Super Bowl. Clark had four touchdowns in the 1981 regular season; Crabtree had nine this season.
The 49ers' offensive line of Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis deserves special mention for strong play both in run blocking and pass protection.