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Crabtree has big game in season opener

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LINEUP WATCH
Harbaugh is staying true to his word about his wide receivers. The team really doesn't have any starters at the position. In this game, Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams, who many think is the team's sixth best receiver, started the game. But the 49ers made very liberal use of their receivers, with Crabtree, Williams, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham seeing plenty of action. The other difference from last year was quarterback Alex Smith's ability to make use of them all. Of his 20 completions, 15 went to the receivers, including seven to Crabtree. The 15 receptions was more than Smith completed to his receiving corps in any one game last season. Harbaugh also provided a hint on how he is going to use Moss, who was in on just 20 plays.

BY THE NUMBERS
Moss not only proved his relevance for the rest of the season, he also surpassed Terrell Owens for second all-time in touchdown receptions. He now has 154, which trails only Jerry Rice's 197. Also as an indicator of quarterback Alex Smith's success, he surpassed Steve Young's team record of 184 passes without an interception. Smith has not thrown an interception since last Thanksgiving in Baltimore. To top it all off, 37-year-old kicker David Akers continued his streak of making difficult kicks with a crossbar-crawling 63-yard field goal. The kick equaled an NFL record also held by former Saint Tom Dempsey, former Bronco Jason Elam and Raider Sebastian Janikowski.

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