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Golden Nuggets: No Charges for Michael Crabtree; Defending the deep ball

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Streeter Lecka

Here we go again. Another big news day. Not complaining, but Sunday morning Nuggets duty is usually like a day off for me. Not with the Super Bowl coming. It would appear that you, the Niners Faithful, can't get enough news about the team. So people keep churning it out. It's been so long since we've been to the big game that I've forgotten what it's like. I guess I pay a lot less attention when other teams are battling. I'll get to the links....

Finally it looks like this whole episode will be behind him, as Michael Crabtree will not be charged with any offenses by the SFPD. What a relief for him and everyone around him. | Crabtree won't be charged (SF Gate)

Here's a piece about the rebuilding of the 49ers and how Jed York did it. As an owner the best thing you can do is get the right people in place and step back. Enter York. | How Jed York orchestrated the 49ers' rebuilding (Mercury News)

Super Bowl XLVII: 49ers vs Ravens

What's the worst thing that could happen in the Super Bowl? Joe Flacco going buck nutty on us in the first quarter, a la Matt Ryan and Co. He's the best in the game at the deep ball. Although I think Colin Kaepernick will be making a claim for that once Harbaugh and Baalke get the personnel they want in place. | Joe Flacco and the deep ball: A nightmare scenario for the 49ers (BASG)

Will Vernon Davis be the X-factor in the game. I sure hope so. Who's going to cover him for the Ravens? Well, who's going to cover him from most teams would be a common question, but somehow they did for much of the year. As long as the O-line does what they've been doing, allowing 1 sack in each of the last 5 games, I think VD finds a way to get open. | Vernon Davis focused on Super Bowl (Gin)

Could this actually happen? | Ed Lee tries to curb possible Super Bowl riots (CSN Bay Area)

49ers in Super Bowl - no sizzle (SF Gate)

Tarrell Suggs uncharacteristically quiet (Pro Football Talk)

Carlos Rogers discusses Ravens rematch (

Ray Rice vs Frank Gore (Cohn)

SF 49ers colors, but no players, in city (SF Gate)

Assorted News

What? Are people still talking about the Falcons game? I guess they are, and I'm glad. Over at BASG they've broken down Vernon's big day last weekend. It's relevant because if he can get half of that production in the Super Bowl, while threatening the defense with the big play, we'll be in good shape. | Vernon Davis' big day (BASG)

Here's a good one by Tim Kawakami on Jim Harbaugh's evasiveness. There are 10 questions guaranteed to be dodged, with the usual tactic used to avoid it. Pretty humorous. | Jim Harbaugh FAQs and FNAs (frequent non-answers), a very unofficial Super Bowl week guide (Kawakami)

Who's the most unheralded player on the team? There are quite a few guys flying under the radar, but none more so than Ahmad Brooks. With all the other LBs gaining glory and records, Brooks just gets the job done. | Harbaugh: Brooks worth the big bucks (Branch)

A lot of you give Ann Killion grief. I like her as a writer, but she is definitely not a team-fed beat writer with blinders on, so she speaks her mind. And now she's admitting she was wrong about Colin Kaepernick. I like it. I wonder if he bought her some pizza? | Eating crow on Kaepernick (Killion)

Thinking back to the offseason, one of the biggest question marks was right guard. Alex Boone has done such a good job at filling the void, really solidifying the offensive line, helping to make it the best unit in the league. | 49ers' Alex Boone key to offensive line's improvement (CBS Sports)

Alex Boone, Anthony Davis provided stability on right side of O-line (Maiocco)

Colin Kaepernick benefits from ironman offensive line (Pro Football Talk)

No charges at this point: Michael Crabtree thoughts (Sando)

Andy Lee: Opinions varied on Alex Smith's benching (CBS Sports)

Very different Super Bowl trip for Mario Manningham this year (Pro Football Talk)

Bay Area's Golden Era? We're closing in (SF Gate)

Colin Kaepernick not the first to feed media beasts (SF Gate)

Vernon Davis patiently waited for his opportunities, then capitalized in 49ers' win over Falcons (Mercury News)

Videos / Assorted Media

On Alex Smith's future beyond the 49ers (Sando)

Weekly conversation: Ray McDonald (

Mic'd up: NaVorro Bowman (

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