San Francisco 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
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.