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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 21

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 21, 2012 – 11:53 AM

Many 49ers are creatures of habit. For Michael Crabtree and Joe Staley, it’s all about looking good and feeling good on gameday. Abe Schwadron of TDDaily.com spoke to Crabtree and Staley about their pre-game rituals.

“For 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, everything has to feel—and look—perfect,” Schwadron wrote. “‘Aw man, the preparation of getting dressed, the clothes, the fashion. You’re looking at your shoes, your socks, making sure your pants are right, your jersey, all of that stuff,’ says Crabtree, now in his fourth NFL season. ‘I’ve got to have my chewing gum, any chewing gum, but I really like Juicy Fruit. The trainers are on the sideline with the Juicy Fruit ready. You gotta have your music. Gotta have your gameday music, it’ll get you right.'”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at Crabtree’s evolution as a receiver, similarities between the 49ers and Seahawks and more.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee chronicled Crabtree’s career and how he’s grown into a No. 1 receiver.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com noted some statistical similarities between San Francisco and Seattle.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Seattle CB Richard Sherman is expected to play on Sunday.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined the 49ers’ success in primetime games this season.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed the possibility of Justin Smith missing Sunday’s contest due to injury.

Barrows looked at the measures the 49ers will take to combat the crowd noise at Seattle.

Branch wrote that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is San Francisco’s nemesis.

Sando observed that the 49ers are currently the Super Bowl favorites.

49ers.com’s coverage included Brian Jennings on the latest edition of Niner Talk, a look at Dashon Goldson and Russell Wilson, Vernon Post and the 6th annual Visa Shop with a Player event. We also brought you press passes from Vic Fangio and Greg Roman.



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34 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 21”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    sb #47,,,BLACK 59 RAZOR,,,BLACK 59 RAZOR,,,OK,,who knows what that is??
    lets see how big of fans you guys are,,GO 49ERS,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST
    49ER DEFENSE #1 2012

  2. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    That’s Mr. Joe Montana in Superbowl 24 (55-10) over Bronco’s.

  3. By 49er-n-memphis on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hey I pick that to be this years Superbowl. 49ers – Broncos, but would love to play Big Bro (Ravens).

  4. By bow53 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    ck7 against p-18 sounds good…..for the big showdown……lets not think ahead of our self one game at a time, what ever happens to the 2 remaining games left, where surely in the playoffs, just hoping that everybody feels right and healthy come post time , will be alright…..how is justin smith, is he alright?? anybody????

  5. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    The picture for this Morning Tailgate: Dec. 21 is not from last sundays game against the Pats. Can anyone tell me why I say that.

  6. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    49erdefense, Do I win anything. LOL

  7. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    yes, you win the fan of the blog award,,,that was an audible by joe that was a bomb td…and no I dont know why you say that, and it looks like justin smith wont play sunday night,, he is listed as doubtful

  8. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Fan of the blog award. lmao. Crabs was not wearing long sleeve’s last sunday. If he had long sleeve’s, The defender may had something to grab and prevent the winning touchdown.
    Justin not playing hurts but, I think the 49ers will be allright. I still say the 49ers will win BIG.

  9. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    All the talk is about how hot the Seachickens are, Well, so were the Pats. I’m telling you people, The 49ers have something special going on. So sit back/jump up and down and enjoy the ride.

  10. By bow53 on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    thats right, i said all alone that the 49ers is very, very, good team on away games, just like we did the saints, and the latest the pats.one thing for sure is , its gonna be one hell of a game, and i’m confident will be alright, sunday night.. to bad j. smith is doubtful, well ahmad brooks would step up here, and naturally the other smith, aldon that is…is gunna be chasing wilsons behind all night long….a win could be an early x’mas for niner nation…..” MERRY CHRISTMAS TO U ALL!!!!!”

  11. By J. Reed on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    I watched Kap here in Reno at UNR under Chris Ault for four years…he is making
    some NFL “new” QB mistakes–but I guarantee he will take the 49ers to the Super Bowl–if not this year–in 2013! Kapper is not like other QB’s in the NFL, he cares and is so competitive!! He is now ranked 4th in QB NFL stats.. Go 49ers…go Kap!

  12. By DMT on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tanglung, Crabtree started the game with sleeves, but lost them by the second qtr.

  13. By Missouri 9er on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hope we get a good tough outing from all 3 phases and get a good solid win with no excuses taking the NFCW as the undisputed BEST team! !! !!! GO NINERS!!!!!!!!

  14. By DMT on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s not be in such a panic to get Justin Smith in this game. This is the seahawks, and I don’t care how much the media seems to be infatuated with them, because they scored a bunch of points against teams that are already on winter break, the Niners should handle them, so Rickey Jean playing will be fine. We should let Justin get right for January.

  15. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    DMT, Thanks for the info on Crabtree. I’m sure clad he got rid of the long sleeve’s.

  16. By tanglung on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    glad ;-}

  17. By dave g. on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Please stop with the CK7 nonsense. Just call him Kap. CK7 does not sound cool and it contains more syllables than saying his full last name. Can we please stop with that? First it was KGB, CJ2K, JPP then RG3,now CK7. These nicknames lack creativity and sound like a tech nerd came up with it. Please stop the madness! We were a lot more creative and colorful with nicknames before and now we have resorted to a lazy culture of initials with an occasional number thrown in???? Really? Don’t do that to our guy. I am all for nicknames BUT be creative & colorful for Gods Sakes!

  18. By dave g. on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    And now with throwing in P-18 for Peyton. Seriously? When will this madness end?

  19. By dave g. on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to colorful names like “The Fridge”, “Neon Deion”, “The Nigerion Nightmare”, “The Bus”, “Crazy Legs”, “Dwight Hicks & the Hot Licks”, “Hacksaw”, “The Freak”, “Iron Head”, “Joe Cool”, “Juice”, “Sweetness”, “Law Firm”, “Pocket Hercules”, “Mad Stork”, “Pork Chop”, “The Sheriff”. “The Inconvenient Truth”…common we can do better than CK7?!

  20. By phatalerror on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    “Tatooine”? Or do we want to risk going from “Tech Nerd” to Star Wars Nerd?

  21. By mfkram64 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    a person who can’t get over alex sitting..phatalerror get over it! i like “special k”but kap. is good for me…anyway it’s on to seattle…the niners need to win out for second see cuz the packers will…they r one of the hottest teams no one is talking about..if the replacement refs didn’t blow call in seattle game they be 11-3 and seahags would be 8-6 the niners would have division but packers would have 2nd seed so it’s a catch 22…so winning out gives niners that 2nd seed cuz 3rd seed they might face the f’in giants and don’t want to see them peiod..hope they don’t make playoffs at all…and a win at 3rd seed gets a trip to lambaugh a tough tough road..like that 2nd seed..rest up for a week and get possile packers at home…

  22. By SHIP on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Special K is a good one mfkram64

  23. By tanglung on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    14+ win for 49ers.

  24. By mfkram64 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    they need to reevaluate this kicking game to many missed fg’s and blocks…r u kidding me…seattle is walking all over the niners..walking the walk right now..the niners look soft on d…aldon looks lost without justin…harbaugh needs to go for td’s not fg’s and go for it on forth down…i’m tired of looking at caroll all night

  25. By phatalerror on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Enter the Kaepologists.

  26. By mfkram64 on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    well they need to beat arizona and vikings need a win to get into playoffs so they r at home against packers…that happens niners get second seed…put this game behind them…one thing is they should call the refs the 13th man cuz there wasn’t one holding call on seattle…aldon was being held almost everytime and how bout sherman holding at least three times on one play with crabs and he still caught the ball…it’s over so on to this week…

  27. By dave g. on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t panic everyone. We will beat Arizon and win the division. Seattle was extremely loud and the refs let things get out of control. Kap and the offense were struggling hearing each other. We will be good.

  28. By 9erdog on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    you have to be kidding? this team is hurting bad real bad!
    Justin may be out for the rest of the year, haven heard about Manningham but he looked to be lost?

  29. By 9erdog on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    we have given up 60+ points in the last 6 qt’s!not too good!

  30. By dave g. on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Quit panicking lil girls. BTW: HAs anyone noticed how good LaMichael James has been looking? We have been through this stuff before in SB years. Have you people just started watching football? You get too excited and ready to crown us champs when we win big and you ready to crown us one and done when we lose big. You an emotional roller coaster like a bunch of lil girls. Be calm, logical and sensible here. It was just a game that got out of hand in a very loud stadium. Kaepernick has never experienced anything like that. Trust me he will learn!

  31. By dave g. on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    9erdog…you acting lil WhinerDog. Take your lil fancy bow out of your foo foo hair and tell your mommy to quit feeding you tender vittles. We beat the Patriots on the road and got beat by Seattle on the road. Take things in persective. All we have to do is beat the Cardinals at home. Lets be honest here, Seattle should have never beat Packers-they got a freebee there with the replacement refs. Did we forget that?

  32. By so.cal49ERSfan on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    well said dave LOL! we got this cards game to toone our self for the playoffs wat more could we ask for win our last game at home we win the division isint that the first goal! everybody needs to chill out theirs plenty of football left GO NINERS!

  33. By 9erdog on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    [Haven’t heard about Manningham] should have read!
    Alex: record 6. 2. & 1/2
    Kaepernick: record 6. 2. & 1/2
    And I thought the red zone play was suppose to be better with Kaepernick at QB? All in all we’re limping into the playoffs, and we still have to beat Zona.
    And if you don’t like the nose ‘make a play’ and shut`em up!
    We seem to lose quite a few players when Kaepernick starts? am I superstitious yep!


  34. By 9erdog on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    This is not a super bowl team IMHO, and coming at me does nothing to change that! We’ve lost to many players!

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