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A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Monday, January 1st, 2018 edition.

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Good morning, and Happy New Year, my friends. Yesterday, we put not only another year in the books, but also another season of San Francisco 49ers football. There were some downs, there were certainly some ups, and at the end of the day, both of them came and went far too quickly. With that being said, not only are we ushering in 2018, we’re also ushering in another fine offseason, that magical time of year in which mock drafts and roster projections reign supreme.

In what ultimately proved to a one-sided matchup, the 49ers clobbered the backup squad of the NFC West Champion Los Angeles Rams. Though cathartic for the browbeaten 49ers fans who have watched our team stumble through three straight seasons with double digit losses, this was a game that meant little more than a preseason game to the outside world, where the primary objective was to get 0s on the clock without any major injuries.

Moderation of enjoyment be damned, I say.

Our San Francisco Jimmy Garoppolo’s capped a lost season with an impressive 5-game winning streak that put the NFL, least of which the NFC West, on notice. After upset victories against Tennessee and Jacksonville, the 49ers used this glorified exhibition game to show they’re able to keep the foot on the gas and finish strong.

This season, although ultimately unsuccessful, will go down in the books as perhaps one of the wildest seasons imaginable. In the midst of their rocky 0-9 start, the 49ers made history as the first team to lose 5 consecutive games by 3 points or less. Add in the 5-0 finish to the season, and the 49ers are the first team to ever lose their first 9 games, and win their last 5. It’s been a ride, to say the least.

Although the 49ers’ season is over, there’s quite a bit of work to be done. With nearly a hundred million in cap space and a top-10 draft slot (49ers and Raiders have identical records & strengths of schedule, a coin flip will determine the 9th and 10th slots), this franchise has some major questions to answer this offseason. However, unlike previous offseasons which have dragged on endlessly, and seemingly aimlessly, it feels like there’s now a framework for success.

Pay the man, get some protection for the man, and find some more weapons for the man.

It’s been an honor to overanalyze and ride the emotional highs and lows of the 2017 season with you all. Next stop, offseason. On to the good stuff-

Week 17 notes | Lowder, Ninerswire| Biderman, Ninerswire | Barrows, Sac Bee | Barrows (2), Sac Bee | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Inman, Mercury | Branch, SF Gate | Fann, 49ers.com

Week 17 review | Biderman, Ninerswire | Associated Press via ESPN | Barrows, Sac Bee | Lynch, KNBR | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Branch, SF Gate

Frank Gore becomes 5th in history to rush for 14,000 yards | Biderman, Ninerswire

How the Garoppolo trade changed the franchise | Wagoner, ESPN

Bay Area teams to determine draft order via coin flip | Barrows, Sac Bee

2018 NFC West landscape to be much different | Lynch, KNBR

Garoppolo displeased with hit on Goodwin | Brown, Mercury