SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This December defensive stand by San Francisco did plenty for the 49ers and showed a lot to the rest of the league.
The defending NFC champions are still right in the playoff mix, and plan to keep it that way.
After holding Russell Wilson and the archrival Seahawks in check Sunday on the way to a physical 19-17 victory that kept Seattle from clinching the West, San Francisco (9-4) can still largely control its fate by winning out this month.
Not that coach Jim Harbaugh is spending significant time figuring out all the different playoff scenarios and where his team might wind up for the divisional round come January. Next up is a cross-country road trip this weekend to Tampa Bay, and the Niners are riding a three-game winning streak.
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