The race for the NFC West has long been over.At 11-1, the Seattle Seahawks – who crushed the visiting Saints Monday night – will be the division's champion, breaking the two-year reign of the 49ers. And, the Seahawks will likely be the NFC's top seed, meaning the road to the Super Bowl would have to go through Seattle, where the home team is just about unbeatable.But this Sunday's game at Candlestick Park between the Seahawks and 49ers is a very important one for San Francisco.PHOTOS: 49ers vs. RamsFirst, at 8-4, the 49ers need every win they can get to lock up a playoff spot. As it stands now, the Niners would be the No. 6 seed in the NFC, meaning they'd be relegated to road games through the course of the postseason. And, with a final four games against Seattle, Tampa Bay (3-9), Atlanta (3-9) and Arizona (7-5), the Niners don't have an easy path. Three games appear winnable, but there are no guarantees.But if the 49ers could knock off the Seahawks Sunday at Candlestick Park, it would not only give the Niners a huge morale boost in besting a team that has dominated San Francisco in its two previous meetings, but give the 49ers a chance to run the table and finish 12-4...