Golden Nuggets: Sunday Is Too Far

We're just a couple days out from an NFC Championship game. While I've found it hard to get interested in the playoffs the last few years, I still generally watch the NFC Championship. When this season began, I didn't really expect us to be in this position. I always have the necessary amount of blind faith to think there's a chance every year that this team will make the Super Bowl, but it's usually just false hope. Needless to say, this is going to be a helluva long couple of days here. Let's get to the links.

49ers starters CB Tarell Brown, LB Patrick Willis miss Thursday's practice (Examiner.com)

Madden NFL 12 Roster Updates: Justin Smith Gets 99, Carlos Rogers Gets 90 For 49ers (SB Nation Bay Area)

Jim Harbaugh, the media and psychology (BayAreaSportsGuy.com)

Advice from ex-49er: 'Go out there and kick their face in' (SFGate.com)

Kristin Chenoweth, Brad Paisley to perform at NFC Championship Game (Examiner.com)

Forget trash talk, let's check out the deeper meanings of quotes from Harbaugh, Rolle and Admiral Halsey(MercuryNews.com)

49ers' offensive x-factor should sound familiar to the Giants (BayAreaSportsGuy.com)

How the Niners offense will attack the Giants defense (PressDemocrat.com)

49ers hope they learned from 1st game with Giants (SFGate.com)

Harbaugh: Red sky in morning, sailors take warning (CSNBayArea.com)

Jed York gives vote of confidence - and, he hopes, eventually a new contract - to Alex Smith (MercuryNews.com)

49ers hold bigger special teams advantage over Giants than Saints (BayAreaSportsGuy.com)

Understanding the Harbaugh lexicon (PressDemocrat.com)

Smith, Fangio Change 49ers Defense (49ers.com)

49ers to Host 8th NFC Championship (49ers.com)

Being a Sheep

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