Niners wrap up division title, bye
SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Staley and Mike Iupati jumped up and down wearing only shorts, each offensive lineman trying to will the Vikings to victory from afar.
The 49ers — sporting fresh red NFC West champion caps after beating Arizona — watched with joy as Minnesota's win over Green Bay gave San Francisco the No. 2 seed. Which means one thing.
"C'mon, baby, bye week!" defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois shouted.
Michael Crabtree caught touchdowns of 49 and 7 yards and had with a career-high 172 yards on eight receptions. Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-best 276 yards.
"It was a lot harder this time around to get it," safety Donte Whitner said of the division title.
Frank Gore's 2-yard touchdown was his 51st rushing score, breaking a tie with mentor Roger Craig and late Hall of Famer Joe Perry for the franchise record.
The Cardinals finished 5-11, worst ever for a team after a 4-0 start.