Golden Nuggets: 49ers need to get to Tom Brady

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

We're a day out from our matchup against the New England Patriots and I remain confident ... kind of. Not really. I've been lacking confidence ever since the switch to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, though that doesn't mean I'm not pro-Kaepernick. I just don't like the way the team as a whole has been playing and that's the way I'm measuring the time frame.

The Patriots are just really, really good. I would have picked us in a heart beat in the Super Bowl last season, but they seem otherworldly at this point. I think the only way San Francisco wins this game is if Aldon Smith goes out and breaks that record and really, truly disrupts Tom Brady. If the 49ers can't get to him, then this one will be over pretty quickly, in my opinion.

Onto the linkage for the day, ya'll.

What will (and won't) work for the 49ers and Patriots (BA Sports Guy)

Harbaugh recalls sitting in Walsh's office, talking with Bellichick (Maiocco)

Belichick Q&A: Jim Harbaugh, Bill Walsh and ... Tramaine Brock? (Branch)

Mario Manningham listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. Patriots (SFGate)

Key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Welker (Maiocco)

49ers vs. Patriots: Five key matchups (Gin)

49ers: Defense hungry for more turnovers (Inman)

49ers vs. Patriots: Jonathan Goodwin versus Vince Wilfork (DeSimone)

Boone, 49ers have hands full with Wilfork (CSN)

49ers travel heavy, prepare for New England elements (Maiocco)

Roman learned from Ault, Kaepernick (Maiocco)

49ers Welcome 9-Year-Old Ty Crouch (49ers)

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