Golden Nuggets: Considering The Rest Of The Playoff Field

Back for another round of the Nuggets. This bye week is only two days old and I'm already over it. It will be nice to enjoy some football with no stress this weekend, but I suppose the interminable wait until January 14 is the price for such a stress-free weekend.

As we move through the playoffs, I'm helping provide some content for SB Nation's NFL hub. It is organized by Joel Thorman (Arrowhead Pride) and includes myself and Jason Garrison (Cincy Jungle). Yesterday's post featured a look at which team from wild card weekend has the best chance to run the table to Indianapolis. I went with New Orleans, which is probably the most obvious choice. Jason picked the Pittsburgh Steelers. Losing Rashard Mendenhall hurts them, but Isaac Redman has impressed me at times this season. We'll have to see how it plays out. Joel basically agreed with both of us, going with Pittsburgh and New Orleans.

Do you see another team as a likely possibility? Later today we'll have a look at the darkhorses of the first weekend, so swing by SB Nation NFL when you get a chance.

49ers O.C. Greg Roman confirms that he did meet with Penn State (Sam Lam)

Manning makes no sense for 49ers with Smith, Kaepernick around (Maiocco)

49ers' Roman sees Penn State as a 'lifetime job' (Maiocco)

York learned from Walsh good people will get hired away (Maiocco)

49ers Blog and Q&A: Niners sign outside linebacker to practice squad (Barrows)

York not fretting coordinator's possible departure (Barrows)

NFC West champion 49ers get groove on in practice (Sac Bee)

Jim Harbaugh on KNBR (49ers.com)

David Akers on 95.7 The Game (49ers.com)

Trent Baalke on 95.7 The Game (49ers.com)

Gore Upbeat Heading into Playoffs (49ers.com)

San Francisco 49ers reflect on success, look ahead to NFL playoffs (SJ Mercury News)

Bye week perfect remedy for banged-up 49ers (Press Democrat)

Niners notebook: Good time for a bye week (Scout.com)

Healthy Smith, Gore key to 12-4 year (SFGate.com)

Cosell Talks: Stafford, Smith, Contending & Pretending (NFL Films Blog)

Feeling a draft: The 49ers offseason priorities (Barrows)

49ers Believe They Can Find a Way to Win Against Anybody (NBC Bay Area)

Revisiting NFC West projections for 2011 (Sando)

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 17 (Sando)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Apparently Some Find Jim Harbaugh Boring | Fooch
49ers 2011 Notable Performances | Fooch
Is the 49ers Defense The Answer For the Offensive Red Zone Woes? | Fooch
2012 NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl, Wild Card Weekend Odds, Lines | Fooch
Jim Harbaugh Reiterates Commitment To Alex Smith Moving Forward | Fooch
2012 NFL Playoff Tickets: Where To Find More 49ers Divisional Round Tickets | Fooch
The 2011 NFL Season: Week 17 | urnext
2012 Sugar Bowl Open Thread | Fooch

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