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Golden Nuggets: 49ers at Saints, game of the week

Sunday, November 25, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Jed Jacobsohn

Today is one of those games that can change the season. In a sixteen game season every game is important, but this one is a bit more weighted. We've got recent history and bad blood with the Saints and both sides would desperately love a win. The Saints can only realistically lose one more game if they want to make the playoffs. The 49ers are in 2nd in the NFC, yet are in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Assuming Colin Kaepernick does start, a win here would get the hype around him snowballing out of proportion. A loss, especially if Harbaugh elects to go with Kaep, will open up a Pandora's box of criticism and we may see trouble in paradise. OK...that's enough hype. This one's massive, everyone's talking about it...

As for the links...typical Saturday stuff...mild review here, a tidbit there. So, if you find something good, post it in the comments below. The management appreciates your cooperation.

This is my piece from BASBN about how the Saints offense matches up with the 49ers defense. I think they're going to score points on us, but our improved, 2nd ranked pass defense should slow Drew Brees and Co. down just enough. The Saints defense is giving up 463 yards a game! | Improved 49ers pass defense will try to slow down Drew Brees and Co. (Malone)

Harbaugh won't name starting quarterback (Branch)

49ers key matchup No. 2: Vernon Davis vs Malcolm Jenkins (Maiocco)

Niners recent history: Not so super at Superdome (Inman)

LaMichael James helps coverage unit prepare for Darren Sproles (Maiocco)

Shin music: Harbaugh tries killing Sains sweetly (Branch)

49ers confront Saints' porous defense (Branch)

49ers eyeing Drew Brees, Saints' top-notch offense (Gin)

Added pressure? Perhaps not for young QB (Sando)

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