SANTA CLARA -- Michael Crabtree played in 60 of 68 snaps Sunday, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sure likes what he's seen from the wideout's comeback.

"It's like he's back," Harbaugh said Monday, a day after the 49ers topped the Seattle Seahawks 19-17.

Crabtree had only four receptions for 40 yards, but he contributed in other ways, such as keeping double-team coverage off Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.

"It's a valid point. There've been times (earlier this season) where Anquan and Vernon got doubled on the same play," Harbaugh said. "Michael's presence, and him showing everything he can do since coming back, that's another high level guy that's got to be accounted for."

Boldin caught a team-high six passes for 93 yards, much better than his lone 7-yard catch in a 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sept. 15. Davis had only two catches for 21 yards, but he produced his 11th touchdown reception this season

Although Boldin credited Crabtree for opening things up offensively, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman countered: "It didn't make a difference. It didn't make a difference at all."

Harbaugh said Crabtree was "really motivated" for Sunday's game, and that he showed signs a week earlier in his season debut that he was ready for the playoff push.

"I turned around at one point and he's, 'What do I got to do to get the ball?' " Harbaugh recalled of one scene in a Dec. 1 win over St. Louis. "I was, 'Alright, Crab's back.' "

Crabtree had two catches for 68 yards in that debut, some six months after tearing his right Achilles. He led the 49ers last season with a career-high 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.

"He's someone that Colin (Kaepernick) has confidence in, someone the team has confidence in," Harbaugh added.

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