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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers finished their 2017 season with a 34-13 win over the NFC West division champion L.A. Rams. Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have his best game. He threw 2 interceptions, but he was still able to throw for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. He spread the ball around to 10 different receivers. Carlos Hyde ran for 2 touchdowns and Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson pitched in 1 each.

The end of this season has a completely different feel than the last few seasons. There is optimism heading into the offseason. The 49ers have a general manager, head coach, and a quarterback that they believe in moving forward. No major coaching changes should take place and the organization has a lot of room in their salary cap to make big moves to help their roster. The change of culture that Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have implemented could help attract top free agents.

After starting 0-9, the 49ers finished on a 5 game winning streak that ended their season at 6-10. That puts them into a tie with the Oakland Raiders in the draft order. They will decide who chooses 9th in the draft by way of a coin flip. The complete turnaround came after installing Jimmy Garoppolo as the starting quarterback. The biggest story heading into the offseason is how the 49ers will deal with Jimmy’s contract situation. This will be John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan’s 1st major deal to work out.

49ers Links

2 players stood out (McGuinness)

Great end to the season | Great report card (Inman)

Most optimism in a few seasons | Ready for 2018 (Wagoner)

Offensive linemen standout (McGuinness)

He hasn’t lost in the NFL | Jimmy gets the 5th win in a row (Wagoner)

Team award winners (49ers staff)

No one would have believed the 49ers would have the same record as the Raiders | Coin flipping with the Raiders for draft position (Lynch)

Goodwin showed major heart and went through so much this season. Very deserving | Honoring Goodwin (Williams)

Congrats Marquise | Top honor goes to Goodwin (Barrows)

Biggest story in the NFL | Jimmy on contract situation (Inman)

Glad he’s doing well | Goodwin doing well after scary hit (Maiocco)

This front office has changed the franchise’s culture | Different feeling offseason (Inman)

Can’t let the hype get to the team (Branch)

Team awards (Biderman)

Sign him immediately | Long-term deal (Biderman)

49ers Video

Talking Jimmy G (NFL video)

The hype (NFL video)