I hope you guys had a happy holidays, or if your particular holiday is still going on or has yet to come, I hope it continues to be or will be happy ... or whatever. Mine was pretty good, as I made up for the lack of turkey and ham on Thanksgiving by ... eating turkey and ham. Also acquired the full ESPN 30 for 30 collection and everything released thus far for A Football Life, so that's awesome.
But enough about gifts and such. The San Francisco 49ers have a football game this week I hear, and it would be nice to not have to have one the week after that. So what the 49ers need to do is simple: beat the Arizona Cardinals. It would also be just swell if the Seattle Seahawks managed to lose to the St. Louis Rams, and if the Carolina Panthers could take the week off instead of playing the Atlanta Falcons, too. That'd be great.
Oh and imagine that -- Donte Whitner was not fined. Are you shocked? Surprised? Me neither. Onto the links for the day.
WR Manningham doesn't practice after missing game Monday (Branch)
Cardinals don't see the same Crabtree ... yet (Maiocco)
Whitner: NFL needs hard-hitting post boy (Barrows)
Different hit, same result: Whitner not fined for shot on Jackson (Branch)
last game at Candlestick meant a little more to Eric Wright (BA Sports Guy)
Kaepernick: 'We have to keep our momentum going into playoffs'(Inman)
Whitner: NFL should review hits (Williamson)
Healthy 49ers roster awaits regular-season finale (Maiocco)
Oh captain! Willis mic'd up provides great sound from Monday's win (Inman)
Mike Iupati earns praise in return (Williamson)
49ers -- What the Atlanta win could indicate for the future (Lynch)
Fangio breaks down Bowman's interception vs. Falcons (Corkran)
Bowman's pick-six has not lost its luster (Williamson)