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Debate? There really was no debate, and if there was one, NaVorro Bowman ended it Monday night with 89 yards of Candlestick catharsis.

Whenever and however coach Jim Harbaugh decides to reveal the team vote for the Bill Walsh Award, Bowman is obviously the 49ers' 2013 MVP.

And in the big picture, Bowman's rise only magnifies the franchise's theme of the last decade or so: This is a 49ers era dominated by defensive stars.

  • Receiver Anquan Boldin, running back Frank Gore, defensive lineman Justin Smith and safety Donte Whitner all are having strong seasons, but they're not at Bowman's level.

    In the two most important moments of the 49ers' season so far, Bowman's play at inside linebacker was the most essential and dramatic.

    The two moments: The entirety of the game in St. Louis after the 49ers started the season 1-2 and the frenzied end of Monday's game at Candlestick, when his interception return for a touchdown sealed a playoff berth.

    Plus, Bowman is a deserving NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate, though Seattle's Richard Sherman and Carolina's Luke Kuechly are the front-runners.

  • The last time a 49er won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year: tackle Dana Stubblefield in 1997.

  • This will be the 10th year of the Walsh award (created in 2004), and presuming it's Bowman (or another defensive player) this will be the third consecutive defensive player honored and eighth time the offense will be shut out.

    The previous winners: Aldon Smith (last season), Justin Smith (2011), Gore (2010), Patrick Willis (2009), Justin Smith (2008), Willis and Nate Clements (2007), Gore and Walt Harris (2006), Joe Nedney and Derek Smith (2005) and Bryant Young (2004).

    Yep, a quarterback has never won the Walsh Award, and Gore has been the only offensive player ever honored.

  • Some quick 49ers stats to show you why they're a defense-dominated team again this season:

    The 49ers defense has given up the fifth-fewest yards per play this season (4.8) The 49ers gave up the third-fewest last year (4.7) and sixth-fewest in 2011 (5.1).

    The 49ers offense is 17th in yards per play this season (5.3) and has picked up 267 first downs through 15 games, seventh-worst in the NFL.

  • So who's the Raiders' 2013 MVP? This one's almost as clear-cut, though on a much lower level.

    I'd vote for running back Rashad Jennings (724 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns in only 7 starts), the most reliable part of the Raiders' decent offensive unit.

    Runner-up: Receiver Rod Streater (55 catches for 848 yards and 3 TDs).

  • Note to Jerome Stanley, agent provocateur (via CSN Bay Area) for Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor:

    The very last thing Pryor's career needs is more public drama.

    Coach Dennis Allen is giving Pryor the start Sunday against Denver, whatever the reasons. It's one game.

    If Pryor plays well, that's good for him. If he doesn't, an agent's pre-excuse only makes things worse.

  • The contract-extension negotiations between the 49ers and Harbaugh broke down last offseason for a few reasons, but Fox's Jay Glazer recently added an important point.

    Glazer reported that Harbaugh wants the right to do more "outside" (or non-NFL-affiliated) commercials than his 49ers contract currently allows.

    Everything I've heard supports this report and one NFL source indicated that Harbaugh's camp believes the total difference is about $2 million.

    That's where next offseason's talks start: Harbaugh wants access to $2 million-plus -- or for Jed York to make it up in additional salary, possibly retroactive to this season.

  • Remember, there will be no 49ers Monday night games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara next season and possibly longer than that.

    Officials have to see how the traffic and parking works on Sundays -- when the businesses nearby won't be full-staffed and using the parking spaces -- before they can schedule Monday or Thursday night games.

  • Monta Ellis is putting up tremendous individual stats in his first season as a Dallas Maverick but -- just as in his Warriors days -- the Mavericks are still getting outscored when he's on the floor and are outscoring opponents when he's off.

    No shock: Ellis' consistently poor defense is eating up the benefit of his upgraded offensive efficiency.

  • Two other ex-Warriors are very interesting candidates as Role Players the Warriors Could Really Use Now In Retrospect.

    The previous Warriors regime gave them away a few years ago, but San Antonio is thrilled with swingman Marco Belinelli, and Indiana gets key minutes out of backup point guard C.J. Watson.

    The whole roster has turned over a few times since they were here, but do you think either one of those guys could help the Warriors' bench production right now?

    Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.