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Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

The 49ers' much-improved defense has plenty of star power, but so do their rivals in Los Angeles after a blockbuster trade Tuesday. 

The Rams traded three draft picks -- two first-rounders and one fourth-rounder -- to the Jacksonville Jaguars for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, giving LA two of the NFL's best players at their respective positions when you remember that defensive tackle defensive lineman force of nature Aaron Donald also plies his trade in Tinseltown. 

It'd be difficult to find two players on the same defense better than Ramsey and Donald, so ESPN's "SportsCenter" account asked on Twitter if there is a better duo of defensive cornerstones around the NFL. The problem, according to 49ers safety Marcell Harris? There are nine other players on a defense.

Harris has a point. Star power only can get you so far in the NFL -- even at historically important positions like quarterback or edge rusher -- because of the league's commitment to parity above all else. When it comes to the NBA, a team with the two best players on the court wins in the regular season and playoffs more often than not. 

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While this is not necessarily Harris' gripe, the 49ers have a strong case to have a duo under consideration. Whether pairing defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and edge rusher Nick Bosa or swapping out one for one of linebackers Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner, San Francisco has a few cornerstones in its front seven. It's that group that made the Ramsey trade a head-scratcher to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who argued that the Rams' offensive line should have been a bigger concern than their secondary, considering the 49ers' success in Week 6.

Still, Ramsey and Donald are as good as what they do as just about anyone else in the NFL. The 49ers will get their first look at them in the same defense in Week 16 at Levi's Stadium, and they'll see firsthand whether the duo's dominance lifts the rest of the Rams' defense. 

Watch Jaquiski Tartt strip ball from Seahawks, preserve 49ers' lead

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Watch Jaquiski Tartt strip ball from Seahawks, preserve 49ers' lead

The Seattle Seahawks appeared primed to take a halftime lead over the 49ers on Monday night at Levi's Stadium. Until they weren't.

49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt stripped D.K. Metcalf of the football at San Francisco 2-yard line as the Seahawks rookie wide receiver was bound for the end zone with just over a minute remaining in the first half.

Officials initially did not rule a change in possession, but a replay overturned the call on the field. Tartt stepped out of bounds as he tried to strip Metcalf, but he stepped back inbounds to re-establish himself.

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Mike Pereira, a FOX Sports analyst and the NFL's former head of officiating, tweeted that it was the "right decision."

The 49ers ran out the first-half clock after Tartt's forced fumble, nursing a 10-7 lead headed into halftime as they tried to preserve their undefeated record against their NFC West rivals.

Emmanuel Sanders, D.J. Jones out rest of 49ers-Seahawks with injuries

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Emmanuel Sanders, D.J. Jones out rest of 49ers-Seahawks with injuries

The 49ers will be without Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target for the rest of Mpnday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who had seamlessly fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense since coming over from the Broncos in an Oct. 22 trade, has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a rib injury.

Sanders racked up two catches for 24 yards before leaving the contest. He was coming off the most productive game by a 49ers wideout in years, racking up seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' win over the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night.

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49ers defensive lineman D.J. Jones, who has been playing great as of late, also was ruled out for the game with a groin injury. Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair won't return either after suffering a concussion.