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49ers are back to their turnover-creating ways

  • San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) runs past cornerback Tarell Brown (25) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) after intercepting quarterback Carson Palmer during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers are back to their old ball-hawking ways.

Among the biggest reasons Jim Harbaugh's Niners (4-2) are on a nice roll again and riding a three-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Tennessee is because a once-dominant defense challenged itself to return to top form after several sub-par weeks. And that means forcing turnovers all over the field.

It's happening, all right. As in 10 takeaways in the past three games that turned into 54 points, including four in each of the past two games. That's after San Francisco forced only one turnover total in its two losses, at Seattle in Week 2 and home the following Sunday against the Colts.

Safety Donte Whitner expects San Francisco to build off the turnovers each week, and that's certainly how it has gone of late.

"They come in bunches, that's our game," Whitner said. "We want to get turnovers, they don't want to turn it over."


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