Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve was how San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was thinking after his failed two-point conversion pass to Randy Moss. As the quarterback came to the sideline after the ill-fated throw, he second-guessed himself wondering why he didn’t target Michael Crabtree on the play.
As Kaepernick threw to Moss, Crabtree had one-on-one coverage with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith as he went to the right corner of the end zone. On the NBC Sports Network show NFL Turning Point, the cameras and microphones picked up this exchange from Kaepernick and Crabtree after the play,
Kaepernick: “I should have just gave you a shot right there. That’s my fault. That’s my fault all the way.”
Crabtree: “They’re scared of me, bro. That’s my territory. When we get in that red zone? They can’t control me, bro. It’s too fast. I’m too big.”
Kaepernick: “I got you.”
Crabtree: “You know what I’m saying? Throw that thing up. I’m going to make an effort.”
Kaepernick: “I owe you one. I owe you one.”
In the 49ers final drive, Kaepernick stayed true to his word as he went to Crabtree on three straight passes after the offense faced 2nd-and-goal at the Ravens’ 5-yard line. On fourth-and-the game, Kaepernick saw Crabtree with one-on-one coverage again and audibled for a fade to No. 15. But Kaep’s throw was just out of reach for Crabtree’s hands.
On both plays, Crabtree was clearly held by Smith. But that makes little difference now. Still, you have to give Kaepernick credit for going to Crabtree on fourth down. I wouldn’t have wanted him to go anywhere else, just wished the end of the play went in the 49ers favor. *Sigh*