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Golden Nuggets: NFC West crown showdown

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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Week 17 on Sunday night in Seattle will decide the NFC West crown. The 49ers scraped by with a win on Saturday night against the LA Rams to give them a shot at overtaking Seattle for the division title, 1st round bye, and homefield throughout the playoffs. Sunday’s game will put the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry right back to the top of the best NFL rivalries going.

To add a bit more intrigue to the high stakes game, Seattle brought back Marshawn Lynch into the fold to help with their depleted backfield. He last played on October 2018 with Oakland. His signing was in response to Seattle losing Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson, and CJ Prosise to season-ending injuries this month. Bringing Beast Mode should pump up their crowd even more than they would have been and brings a certain level of energy to the game. But it is unsure how much he has in the tank to actually effect this game. Either way, the 49ers will have to be ready to deal with Lynch.

The biggest difference between the 1st time these 2 teams met earlier in the year is not going to be Marshawn Lynch, but George Kittle. He was out with leg injuries during the overtime game that the 49ers lost by a field goal. Having him available for Jimmy in a hostile environment like Seattle is going to be a huge factor. When all else is not working, they can go to George to make a play and he is usually up to the task.

Jaquiski Tartt was back on the practice field on Tuesday after missing the last 3 games with a rib injury. He would help boost a secondary that has taken a step back the last few weeks after an impressive start to the season. With a depleted running game, Russell Wilson will be throwing a lot and the secondary needs to put in a performance like they were having earlier in the year. Tartt’s return should help.

49ers links

Kittle faces Seattle for 1st time this season (Inman)

How the Packers win affected the 49ers (Madson)

Daniel Brunskill expected to start (Maiocco)

49ers of the decade (Maiocco)

CJ Beathard to stay with his family indefinitely (Branch)

Keys for a 49ers win on SNF (NFL video)

Bringing the all white ‘94 jerseys for Sunday (Barrows)

Jimmy G ready for Seattle road test (Inman)

Injury updates (Branch)

Jaquiski Tartt is back to practicing (Alper)

49ers will face Marshawn Lynch, who returned to Seattle (Maiocco)

Sunday Night preview (NFL video)

Jimmy is ready for the hostile crowd (Chan)

NFL links

Week 17 power rankings (ESPN)

Week 17 playoff scenarios (Smith)

JJ Watt to return (Shook)

2020 offensive makeovers (Carr)

Lynch’s 1st press conference back (Henderson)