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San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday January 4, 2020
Last Sunday’s win over the Seahawks gave the 49ers a long needed and well deserved bye week. They’ll no doubt use that time to rest after playing 13 consecutive games without a week off. Only one other team in the entire league was asked to play 13 straight regular season games without a break, and that was the New York Jets.
But the players and coaches aren’t the only ones in desperate need of a bye week following that long stretch.
I think that I can speak for almost all 49ers fans when I say: we need the break too!
Now, we may not be physically spent the way that the players are, but emotionally we are drained.
The fact is, despite the 13-3 record, we were never able to relax.
How bad was it?
Try this on for size: The 49ers final five games were all decided in the final seconds of the game. Three walk off field goals, a touchdown, and a defensive stop – all in the final 10 seconds of the game.
I don’t know about you guys, but I was not looking forward to the prospect of a road playoff game in the wild card round this weekend. Frankly, I need the rest. My brain needs the rest. My heart needs the rest.
And thanks to the boys taking care of business in Seattle last Sunday, I’ll get that rest.
And so will you.
And now, onto those links:
Jaquiski Tartt’s Return Comes at the Perfect Time for the 49ers (Maverick Pallack, SI)
49ers notebook: Richard Sherman takes victory lap, Emmanuel Sanders misses practices (Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee)
Santa Clara businesses prepare for economic boost from 49ers playoff game (Maureen Naylor, KTVU)
49ers’ Joe Staley makes it clear: He won’t be the retiring type (Eric Branch, SF Chronicle)
Why the 49ers signed a ‘retired’ Niner for their playoff run (Mike Moffitt, SF Gate)
49ers’ Richard Sherman hits back at critics after earning millions in bonuses (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
49ers DL Bryant Young a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame, Patrick Willis snubbed (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)
C.J. Beathard returns to 49ers; Jaquiski Tartt and Kwon Alexander practice (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
49ers TE George Kittle named 2019 first-team All-Pro (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)
Nick Bosa was 49ers most impressive rookie, Deebo Samuel nearly so (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)
Around the NFL…
Roundup: Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz questionable (Nick Shook, NFL.com)
Cowboys decide to ‘move on’ from coach Jason Garrett after 13 seasons with franchise, per report (Dan Schneier, CBS Sports)
On eve of playoffs, NFL boasts a TV ratings rise from last season (Kevin Seifert, ESPN)
Vikings intend to retain Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman (Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com)
Pats reportedly in wait and see mode with Brady future (Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports)