Good morning! Happy Christmas Eve, Hanukkah, or whatever else you might have going on today. And if it’s just, "happy Saturday," well there you go.
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, and so the NFL has bumped most of its Week 16 games to Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers will kick off this afternoon at 1:25 p.m. PT on FOX, facing the woeful Los Angeles Rams. I was going to say equally woeful, but I don’t really know how to make any sort of comparison between these teams. They’re both awful, which I suppose is all that matters.
The 49ers are looking to either snap their franchise-record 13-game losing streak, or potentially lock up the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns both have their games at 10 a.m. PT, so we’ll know before kickoff what the 49ers might or might not be playing for this afternoon. Let’s go Browns and Jaguars!
Hopefully everybody gets to enjoy the holiday weekend, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday. And don’t let the 49ers get you down. The season’s almost over!
On to the links.
49ers defense undermanned for encore vs. Rams (Inman)
Hyde rare bright spot for 49ers (Barrows)
49ers Mailbag: Five key questions heading into 49ers-Rams matchup (Maiocco)
Four Downs: Keys to a 49ers Victory vs. Rams (49ers.com)
Niners Get Rematch With Only Team They've Defeated (NBC Bay Area)
49ers mailbag: fans mull Trent Baalke, Jim Harbaugh, the Yorks, more (Inman)
Torrey Smith IR
49ers Place WR Torrey Smith on Injured Reserve, Promote LB Wynton McManis to Active Roster (49ers.com)
49ers rule Torrey Smith out for season's remainder (Inman)
49ers WR Torrey Smith placed on IR because of concussion (Branch)
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith placed on season-ending injured reserve (Barrows)