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Golden Nuggets: 49ers hope to close out 2017 with win over Rams

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

Jacksonville Jaguars v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images

Today, the San Francisco 49ers play their final game of the regular season. They will not be going to the playoffs. This is a game that the team should probably lose to improve their position in the 2018 NFL Draft, but nobody in that locker room wants to lose, so I don’t want them to, either.

I want Jimmy Garoppolo to go out there and beat a Los Angeles Rams team that is, to be fair, resting some key starters Jared Goff and Todd Gurley won’t be in action, and that’s disappointing to me. What’s not disappointing is that Aaron Donald will be on the bench. I’m not eager to see him chase after Garoppolo, and delaying that for a little bit is a good thing.

I think, either way, most of us here are going to go into the offseason with a good amount of positivity. Let’s get to your links for the day.

Rookie tight end George Kittle eager to prove himself with 49ers (Cohn)

Five 49ers who have a lot to prove against Rams (Cohn)

Beloved Patriots LB is not a fan of Jimmy Garoppolo’s trade to the 49ers (SportingNews)

Rams, 49ers look ready to rule NFC West again (Branch)

49ers will head into 2018 looking for an ‘edge’ on defense (Barrows)

49ers’ Carlos Hyde aims for career-best season, and he might get it against Rams’ ‘D’ (Barrows)

Rams’ 2017 offseason a good guide for 49ers heading into 2018 (Wagoner)

49ers’ Reid OK if teams shun him over protests (Wagoner)