49ers tight end Vernon Davis waited for chance, capitalized vs. Falcons

Maryland graduate has six catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games this season

January 26, 2013|By Carl Steward | Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- So which Vernon Davis will we see in Super Bowl XLVII?

Will it be the man who made just six catches for 61 yards over the final six regular-season games? Or the guy who in two postseason games has caught six balls for 150 yards and a touchdown while being targeted 11 times?

It's probably a better question for the Baltimore Ravens and how they choose to defend the 49ers' dangerous tight end, but to date, they haven't been forthcoming with answers. In NFC Championship game, though, the Atlanta Falcons clearly didn't make Davis a major focal point of their pass defense and paid dearly as a result.

"My number was called, I got open, they didn't play me the way they should have, and I just took advantage of the opportunities," Davis said. "That's what it's about. It's about taking advantage of the opportunities and stepping up when your name is called."

There have been all sorts of theories about why Davis went into hibernation as a receiving threat for the last six regular-season contests, when he didn't catch more than two balls in any game, had just one catch over 10 yards (a 27-yarder, his only catch, in the 42-13 loss at Seattle) and didn't get into the end zone once.

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