49ers have late momentum after win at New England

49ers have late momentum after win at New England
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs past fans as he leaves the field after defeating the New England Patriots 41-34 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) —  Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers hung tough late in the game to stun Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road and in the rain to clinch a playoff berth when few expected them to win at Foxborough.

Now, after a long trip home following their 41-34 victory, the Niners (10-3-1) must play a second straight game on the Sunday night prime-time stage when they visit Seattle trying to wrap up a second consecutive NFC West crown.

The Seahawks (9-5) have scored 108 points in their last two games, so everybody knows it will be another important test for San Francisco's stingy defense.

The 49ers certainly have some momentum coming down the stretch in late December as they gear up for another postseason run, one they hope goes one step further than their overtime loss to the eventual champion Giants in last January's NFC title game.