Matt & Mindi: 49ers' passing game returns
Matt Maiocco tells Mindi Bach that the quick start to the 49ers' air attack was encouraging after Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree teamed up for a big win in Arizona.
-- -- -- from University of Phoenix Stadium is -- 49ers went 24 to three of their division rival their second straight win over division upon and I think. What was most impressive about this we saw the deep and pulled an opponent out of the end of for the fourth game this season and his three point. But the 49ers passing game has returned. Well at least for this game I mean we saw it we suffered against the bills and and it's sort of disappeared for the game and I think that the most encouraging thing was -- -- started. I mean the running game was counting the Cardinals would bring glory and honor combine for 66 yards on eleven carries in the first quarter. And in the Cardinals decided. Indeed -- with the running so it is -- -- and in the box the ones eyes that opened up for the past. That's the most encouraging thing I think for the 49ers that the Cardinals defense dictated the 49ers should be able to throw the ball and he did. There's a snake bitten by Peterson last losses by. That are accurate it is that something is certainly one to stop. The most important in this game I thought was the third down that's. By the 49ers mainly by Michael Crabtree for receptions by Crabtree. On third down. Three yard touchdown -- touchdown thirty yard pick up at 22 yard pick up and then Randy Moss touchdown 47 year came on third down as well again foreigners do very good job in -- in that area and. It was the yards after catch I mean we saw rain -- early this season. You catch the ball -- -- -- -- You know I disease has won it all it's he saw an opening there he kept it -- Pakistan that some good -- on the field. Crabtree let that. One play. Where he picked up 22 yards and a third in three of them poured it sort of moved back out of the oval race that put him right back in the oval race so. Michael Crabtree directly responsible with those thirty receptions talked about for seventeen points again receptions against Patrick Peterson very talented Cardinals. Cornerback as well big game -- Alex Smith his decision making his last two games have been questionable but it seemed this scheme really. Few mistakes he took four sacks made that was the only thing really criticized respect that the. He the only one to have money simply bats it like a pro ball away in -- Now I it was a good game for hand that thing that impressed me most was it. That he allowed Michael Crabtree to make the play. And there's a blitz coming on that that third. The three yard touchdown and Alex Smith generally does not throw the ball to receivers covered. But through the years and we know about it after the NFC champs -- game I'm Michael Crabtree wanted chances to make plays because you know some of these games. These receivers don't aren't able to get a whole lot of separation. And he was right there and and Alex Smith. Trusted Crabtree with the pass and Alex this -- country talks a lot about that. And Crabtree admitted yes I talked Alex Smith a lot about that he wants to be able to have those opportunities. And a player like that you would think that sort of lead to. Maybe those guys becoming a little bit you know building a better -- for. On the field is it was a plane which Alex Smith really for the first time showed a lot of trust in throwing it to Crabtree knowing that -- he's putting up there if it. Patrick Peterson turns his head I mean it's becomes a 5050 ball and he allowed. Michael Crabtree team uses as Jim Harbaugh said in his varied. -- press conference but the strong -- to go get it. Crabtree on a nine yard score against Peterson we saw him. To the already from Houston cut into the the goal line and just saw him make business and that's what he does. Vernon Davis finally had a reception twenty fighter to get down the middle loses only catch in this game. He really wanted to talk after the game that I think as things develop but Michael Crabtree Randy Moss and Seymour are very ending. Well -- The 49ers aren't abouts forcing the issue. You know it's great Romans said as they -- they're taking what he calls extreme measures to come from Vernon Davis. They're not -- just force the ball into them they're gonna go somewhere else and and what's going somewhere else today and had. Eighteen of nineteen in the only incomplete pass was Delanie Walker is drop -- mentally also made a very good catch right over here on the sideline on a tipped ball. But. Yeah is there is a pretty well balanced 49ers offense taking the run game early and they. Taking place there was given to them in the passing game later on and we're in defense of course once again have managed just -- field goal they were just absolutely. Dominating so we will talk about them -- our next match because it and we got so much more to do this evening but. I'll I'll see gamely going into the bye week 49ers have to really enjoy -- yet they really do I said I've we've got to -- it disciples and said that was good. Clean hit. One in the woods Jim Harbaugh says Vince Lombardi would would be proud of and his uncles and said I'm proud -- is is very proud of that -- -- early just. And force axis -- by the 49ers defense -- it back to back sacks he had to. He did a nice baseball -- the inspired by the Giants season hopefully I was hoping for a third. But maybe we can do that they -- else become world champions them. He's Matt I mean he will keep this ensured they'll catch you tomorrow back in the Bay Area for Jim Harbaugh -- press conference right now 49ers went 2043 right here at the University of Phoenix Stadium.