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“When the game comes down to it, and it’s on the line, we have stepped up and made those plays, whether it’s fumbles, tipped balls we’ve got or got an interception at a key moment of the game,” said Rogers, who spent his first six seasons in Washington.

These new Niners call those “domination hits.”

The term is best described as pummeling a receiver into the ground or forcing a fumble — or sometimes both — if not completely knocking the receiver out.

Whitner’s wallop brought back memories of Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, a four-time Super Bowl champion in San Francisco and the source of so many scintillating shots.