SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers want to make a statement when the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks come to town this weekend, and tight end Vernon Davis delivered one Tuesday.
"It might be the most intense game this season, because those guys don't like us, and we don't like them," Davis said.
The 49ers definitely haven't forgotten getting throttled 29-3 by the Seahawks in Week 2 in Seattle.
"Any time you play a team and you lose, the next opportunity you get to play them again, it's definitely a statement game," Davis said.
Seattle has a three-game lead over the 49ers and can clinch the division with a win Sunday. The 49ers hope to get off to a fast start to have a shot to knock off the NFL's hottest team.
"We have to go into this game playing hard, playing fast," Davis said. "We want to make some noise right away. That's going to be the challenge for us."
Seattle, the only team in the NFL that already has clinched a playoff spot, is fresh off Monday's night 34-7 beat down of the New Orleans Saints.
Fullback Bruce Miller watched the game and had his impressions of what the Seahawks did well.
"Same thing: crowd noise," Miller said. "They play with a lot of excitement on defense. Their guys are really good on getting after the quarterback, so we have to be really good up front."
Colin Kaepernick had only 127 passing yards in the Week 2 meeting in Seattle, and the 49ers' leading receiver was Kyle Williams, whom they released in November. Anquan Boldin was limited to one catch for 7 yards, and Davis left the game with a hamstring injury.
The 49ers hope their passing attack, which has shown improvement the past two weeks, will be better Sunday. It helps having Michael Crabtree back in the lineup.
"He brings a lot of value to this offense," Davis said. "We're so excited to have him back. You don't know what you're going to get. Get your popcorn and get ready for the show, because with him there, it's going to be pretty exciting with all the guys that we have."
Crabtree declined on Tuesday to discuss how he's feeling after his first game action of the season, saying only "I feel good" as he walked away from his locker.
Davis saw enough of him in the 23-13 win over St. Louis to know the 49ers' receiving corps is much more potent now.
"They can't put two guys on me and expect Crabtree and Boldin not to get open, because they will get open," Davis said.
Another key to the offense's success is re-establishing the running game. Frank Gore has rushed for only 121 yards over the past three games. Miller said he expects to see a lot of eight-man fronts from Seattle to try to limit Gore again.
"Guys have to win individual battles, and Frank has to hit the hole," Miller said. "I know he will."
"He's a young guy, I didn't expect it," Davis said. "It's all good. It's one of them things, man."
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Seattle (11-1) at 49ers (8-4), 1:25 p.m. FOX