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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday, December 23nd, 2017

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So the 49ers have trounced the Bears, beaten the Texans, and shocked the Titans. It’s been the best steady incline you could ask for, but now the difficulty level is adjusted again. Now they go up against a power and a huge threat in the NFC, The Jacksonville Jaguars.

It’s another game to see where the 49ers stand. Can they at least hang with the Jaguars? They obviously can play against better competition now with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but can Garoppolo take this team through one of the best defenses in the league?

If he can, don’t worry about the 49ers being a cute little team anymore. Wonder about how much they are going to pay Garoppolo and how they can get a wild card spot. This game is huge. If this game results in another win, the 49ers change has been sudden as it is dramatic and they are legit for next season. If they can hang in there till the end, it’s also a plus.

But a win, man. Huge.

49ers’ Goodwin flourishing on field while dealing with losses off it (Barrows)

The cost of Reuben Foster 'hitting the daylights out of people' (Biderman)

Could 49ers draft Saquon Barkley in 2018? Don't rule it out (ESPN)

Top 10 players to watch in 49ers' Week 16 matchup vs Jaguars (Maiocco)

49ers notes: Reuben Foster’s surgically repaired shoulder withstands beating (Barrows)

Two 49ers in concussion protocol, DeForest Buckner cleared for Sunday (Biderman)

49ers Jimmy Garoppolo’s 3-0 start excites his tutor (Inman)

49ers’ Brock Coyle has grown into job as starting inside linebacker (Branch)

One that got away: 49ers prepare to face top cornerback A.J. Bouye (ESPN)

Garoppolo's Getting High Marks for Accuracy (Williams)

NFL Week 16 picks: 49ers upset Jaguars, Raiders just get more upset (Inman)

John Lynch: Compensation for Jimmy Garoppolo made trade 'no brainer (Biderman)

Not first pick, Saleh has proven to be best choice as 49ers D coordinator (Maiocco)

Reuben Foster responds to bulletin board material coming from Jaguars (Biderman)

49ers punter Bradley Pinion surprises friend with Super Bowl tickets in touching video (For the win)

What a horrible night to have a curse...