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Saturday, January 12th, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.


Good morning ladies and gents. It's gameday, and if I had long fingernails, I'd be biting them right now. I remain totally convinced that the San Francisco 49ers have everything they need to put the Green Bay Packers on a plane back home without a ticket to the NFC Championship, but come on ... it's the playoffs. I'm scared.

If you're not scared, there's something wrong with you, and I want whatever it is you took to make something wrong with you. Clay Matthews will likely beat Joe Staley again, Aaron Rodgers will probably play great, David Akers will miss a field goal and Justin Smith will be getting one-armed sacks all day, and I still expect San Francisco to win.

Nothing else to say. No mercy. Go 49ers.

The 49ers' magic number (besides Justin Smith's 94, that is) (BA Sports Guy)

Thirteen 49ers -- including Justin Smith -- listed as 'probable' (Barrows)

Playoff prediction: 49ers aren't at full strength, but they'll still pull a power-play on Green Bay (Kawakami)

Five matchups the 49ers can exploit (BA Sports Guy)

Packers-49ers: You thought you knew (Ratto)

DeBartolo gets another shot at reaching Hall of Fame (Barrows)

49ers vs. Packers: A statistical breakdown (BA Sports Guy)

49ers' 6-fold plan for stopping Packers (Branch)

Brace yourself: The device protecting Justin Smith from further damage (Barrows)

Crabtree: hardest-working 'diva' in game (Branch)

Packers' (Lambeau) leap of faith on McCarthy paying off (CSN Bay Area)

Jim Harbaugh's hubris is on full display (Killion)

49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Rodgers (Maiocco)

San Francisco, Green Bay mayors strike friendly wager (CSN Bay Area)