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Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 7:10 pm | Updated: 1:41 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO — Kurt Warner is riding high. He beat Brett Favre and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. His Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of clinching a second consecutive NFC West crown.

Cardinals gameday: 49ers preview

SAN FRANCISCO — Kurt Warner is riding high. He beat Brett Favre and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. His Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of clinching a second consecutive NFC West crown.

Cardinals gameday: 49ers preview

What better time to do it than on the national stage Monday night against division rival San Francisco — and in the 49ers’ stadium to boot?

Warner would be thrilled, yet he’s not getting too far ahead of himself, even if Arizona’s dominant victory over Favre and the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday is still fresh in football fans’ minds.

“Whatever. It is what it is. We’ve been there before. You go to the Super Bowl you have a little national spotlight on you,” Warner said. “But it’s one game, and we’ve been there before where everybody jumps on, and then we don’t do what we’re supposed to do and everybody jumps off. Who really cares about that stuff? The bottom line is we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to keep staying consistent.”

The Cardinals (8-4) have won three of their last four in Candlestick Park and would like nothing more than to avenge their 20-16 loss to the Niners in the season opener on Sept. 13.

Despite San Francisco’s record (5-7) , coach Mike Singletary considers Monday night’s matchup with the defending NFC champions a spotlight game for his team.

“I want to win this game Monday night,” Singletary said. “I want people to see that the 49ers are a team that’s out here in the West that really isn’t the same team. Something is happening out here and hopefully we can show that on Monday.”

The 49ers, who have endured a franchise-worst six straight losing seasons, understand why it would mean so much to Singletary to win this one.

“I believe in everything Coach believes in,” said tight end Vernon Davis . “That’s how you get to where you want to go, when you believe. You’ve got to believe in it in order for it to work. I think we can do whatever we want to do. We just do it. We’re out there and we’re making it happen. We’ve just got to finish it.”

Slowing down Warner and Arizona’s offense could prove a tough chore.

Warner threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the 30-17 victory over Minnesota, showing that Arizona might be poised for another playoff run after reaching the Super Bowl last season.

Warner, who topped the 3,000-yard mark for the season last week, said afterward the win showed “that we can play with anybody, we can play with the big dogs.”

The Cardinals certainly will have plenty of motivation.

“I can’t wait for this one. We don’t care anything about winning the division. That’s what some people are talking about, but this game’s personal, and they know it, too,” Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. “We’re looking forward to that. They don’t care about us beating Minnesota, we don’t care about them losing to Seattle. When we line up we know this is going to be one physical game. We’re going to be ready, and I know they will be, too.”

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