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Vernon Davis and Colin Kaepernick celebrate after they connect for a touchdown.
Just when you thought Michael Crabtree was the only wide receiver or tight end on the same page as Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis reemerges with a huge game.
With the exception of Kaepernick's first two starts in November, Crabtree has led the 49ers in targets and receptions each game. Additionally, in Kaepernick's previous six starts at quarterback before the NFC Championship, Crabtree was the only 49ers player to have more than five catches or 54 yards in a game.
Davis pulled in five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.
What's even scarier for the Ravens is that the 49ers didn't even use Kaepernick's legs on the read-option against the Falcons. He simply handed it off to the running backs and then used his arm from the pocket. According to Pat Yasinskas and ESPN Stats & Information, Kaepernick stayed in the pocket on 21 of his 23 drop backs.
If the Ravens defense is required to focus on two main targets while worrying about Kaepernick's running ability outside the pocket, the Ravens will have more than their hands full.
Despite Baltimore defeating Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in three consecutive weeks, the Ravens have averaged giving up 415 yards a game in the postseason. Baltimore has relied on forcing turnovers in the playoffs, but Kaepernick has only thrown four interceptions in his nine starts this year.
Since the San Francisco 49ers have two weeks to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens, it's likely Davis will be just as involved in the game plan as he was in the NFC Championship. Combining Crabtree and Davis with secondary options in Randy Moss and Delanie Walker, the Ravens defensive line must get pressure on Kaepernick and contain him to have a chance at success.