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Yes, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham eventually will come back, but they aren't going to solve all of the problems. Right now, the blueprint to slow down San Francisco is simple: load up to stop the run and force Colin Kaepernick to beat you downfield with receivers other than Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. There aren't many other options for Kaepernick right now, and San Francisco's receivers are struggling to get separation. The 49ers are sixth in the NFL with 140.2 rushing yards a game, but when this running game has struggled, the offense has slowed to a halt.