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Golden Nuggets: Goodbye Jim

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Monday, December 29, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Now that it has finally happened and Coach Harbaugh is really truly gone, it almost doesn't feel real. We've been expecting it for months/weeks/days, but here it is now. It's done. The final act of the Jim Harbaugh 49ers era is officially over. It was just right that he began with a win and ended with a win also. He also noted how he racked up a total of 49 victories (playoffs included), and that was just right too. He was handed the last game ball, and he held on to that thing till the very end.

The team begins another search for a new leader, and it's going to be very large shoes to fill. There are so many directions York and Baalke can go on this, and it's going to be another roller coaster ride of an off-season. I'm looking forward to that day now when the new head coach is announced. For now though, I will just quietly enjoy the last moments that Jim Harbaugh was Coach of these San Francisco 49ers.

Jim Harbaugh leaves as a winner, and with a smile on his face (BASG)

The Jim Harbaugh era with the 49ers comes to an end; coach search commences (Gin)

Jim Harbaugh, Niners mutually part (Gutierrez)

Sealed with a pick: Harbaugh given ball, praise after finale with 49ers (Branch)

Game story: Harbaugh's exit begins ‘next chapter of our team's history' (Inman)

Jim Harbaugh says goodbye to the 49ers (Kawakami)

Jim Harbaugh on 49ers tenure: It's been the time of my life (PFT)

49ers' Harbaugh out as coach by mutal agreement with owners (SJMN)

18 Head Coaches in San Francisco 49ers History (49ers)

Game Recap

Frank Gore's big day gives 49ers win; ends four game skid (Gin)

49ers send Harbaugh out a winner (Inman)

49ers beat Cardinals, 20-17, in Jim Harbaugh's finale (Branch)

Niners Give Harbaugh a Farewell Victory (NBC)

Game Analysis

Gamer: 49ers Finish 2014 Season with a Win (Pentis)

What We Learned from 49ers vs. Cardinals (Price)

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers (Gutierrez)

San Francisco 49ers send Jim Harbaugh off in style (NFL)

Spotlights

49ers RB Gore reaches 1,000-yard mark for eighth time (Maiocco)

Tables turned: 49ers need Frank Gore more than he needs them (Barrows)

Colin Kaepernick transcript: ‘I'll always be a fan of Coach Harbaugh. Not too sure about Michigan' (Inman)

Notebook: Justin Smith mum on retirement; Michael Crabtree, others eye free agency; defense leads in INTs (Inman)

Notes: Fangio won't join Harbaugh; retirement likely for Smith (Branch)

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