San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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