Back on track, 49ers prepare for rival Seahawks

7:24 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
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SANTA CLARA, CA - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.

He's still plenty bothered by that 29-3 loss to the rival Seahawks, and ready to play them again this Sunday at Candlestick Park and boost San Francisco's fortunes.

The reigning NFC champion Niners (8-4) need every win at this stage - and a victory against first-place Seattle could put them right back in the division title picture, too.

San Francisco has won consecutive games in commanding fashion following a two-game skid, and the offense is on a roll at the perfect time: With the December stretch run ahead, a time coach Jim Harbaugh insists is built only for the tough.

Whitner says the defense must keep making stands.

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