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SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks free from Bryant McFadden #25 of the Arizona Cardinals to score a 35-yard second quarter touchdown at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer It was a natural moment for Michael Crabtree to address his 49ers teammates when he turned 25 last Friday. So, Crabtree obliged, on the field after practice. And he surprised a few of his San Francisco colleagues with a spot-on message: The defense has been doing so much to carry San Francisco, he called for the offense to match that performance. Coach Jim Harbaugh presented the wide receiver with a celebratory red velvet cupcake and hand-written card, a regular gesture for players' birthdays. Two days later, Crabtree did his part to make good on his theme - delivering three third-down conversion catches in a 27-19 win over the Lions. His teammates certainly appreciated the thoughtful words Friday as much as they did the big plays Sunday.
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