Golden Nuggets: Demarcus Dobbs on IR; Prepping for Patriots

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Guess what, guys? I'm doing a quick edition of the Nuggets today. Well......very little jibber jabber. Very little dilly dallying. Very little slack-a$$, no work, goldbricking, etc....

It wasn't a massive news day, anyway. Demarcus Dobbs was placed on IR. Coach Harbaugh had been optimistic using his standard "we appear to have dodged a bullet" refrain. Well.....the bullet hit. The Brandon Jacobs fallout was minimal. It's not as though he was a contributing player. He's been a glorified practice squad player for us. I do sympathize with his situation but he could have learned from Braylon Edwards that being a distraction and getting cut for it makes you 'hands-off' after that. Good luck getting someone to roll the dice on you next year Mr. Jacobs.

We begin the two-game road trip that will define the season and our postseason seeding. No way around it that we need to win one out of two against the Patriots and Seahawks to win the division. The Pats look especially intimidating following that absolute demolition of the Houston Texans. We'll see how the Texans respond. If we don't win out, I'm afraid we might lose the No. 2 seed to the Packers. None of the potential sixth seeds seem terribly threatening at this point. But that week off would be NICE. Some links for you...

Week 14: 49ers 27, Dolphins 13

The flawed five: A look at Colin Kaepernick's incompletions (Branch)

Week 15: 49ers at New England

Initial look at Brady against 49ers (Sando)

49ers impressed by Patriots' prime-time performance (Branch)

49ers face season's biggest test (CSN Bay Area)

After watching 'MNF' onslaught, 49ers gear up for Tom Brady, Patriots (Inman)

49ers prepare for up-tempo Patriots (49ers.com)

Assorted 49ers News

Brandon Jacobs release / suspension: Nobody sheds a tear after veteran failed to impress (Brady)

Film review: Chris Culliver ready to pounce on starting job (Maiocco)

49ers gunning for the No. 2 seed in NFC (Bay Area SB Nation)

Report: 49ers place Demarcus Dobbs on IR (Gin)

Playoff scenarios: How the 49ers can clinch a playoff spot this weekend (Gin)

Michael Crabtree on playing with Colin Kaepernick: "The sky's the limit for us" (BASG)

Sergio Romo in 49ers' locker room (videos and today's contest question) (BASG)

All-22: Where's Vernon Davis (BASG)

Source: 49ers to re-sign LB Eric Bakhtiari (CBS Sports)

49ers notebook: Niners preparing for up-tempo game in primetime (CBS Sports)

3 1/2 cheers for Aldon Smith (SF Gate)

I had a dream our O would be (49erswebzone.com)

Kaepernick celebrates with Camp Taylor kids (49ers.com)

Ray McDonald on suspended Brandon Jacobs: "They felt he was being a distraction" (Branch)

49ers comfortable in pistol 'offense' (49ers.com)

Vernon Davis opens art gallery in Santana Row (CSN Bay Area)

No need to flip: Alex Smith explains coin-toss absence (Branch)

Low-key life of a practice squad player (SF Gate)

League / Division / Power Rankings

NFL power rankings: How they voted (Sando)

NFC West stock watch (Sando)

Video / Assorted Media

Locker room speech: 49ers vs Dolphins (49ers.com)

Press pass: Tarell Brown (49ers.com)

Press pass: Ray McDonald (49ers.com)

49ers prepare for Prime Time matchup (49ers.com)

Sorry for the abruptness. Many things going on at once. I'll make it up to you all tomorrow with a big Nugget. Oh, and here's my Twitter link. I'm simply posting things I deem interesting as I find them while doing the Nuggets or writing for Bay Area. Strictly Niners....well 99%...I better not make any promises I can't keep.

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