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Commentary: Runner-up 49ers’ mission has changed

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This is bigger than scrounging for a late-season win. Bigger even than keeping alive hopes of winning the NFC West.

Sunday’s anticipated showdown is about reclaiming mojo. The credibility of the 49ers is at stake.

It’s not that San Francisco needs to prove anything to the media. This is not about justifying the rabid belief of their diehard fans. This is one of those look-yourself-in-the-mirror things.

San Francisco elevated itself to elite status by bullying teams. Wearing machismo on their…

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