Good Morning Faithful,
Here are your top 49ers storylines for Thursday, December 29th.
New and Notable
49ers Prepare for New Look Raiders Team in Week 17; Bosa, Samuel Practice Updates
The San Francisco 49ers kicked off their week of practice with some news from their upcoming opponent, the Las Vegas Raiders. In Week 17, the silver and black are making a switch at the quarterback position, benching veteran Derek Carr and announcing Jarrett Stidham as the starter for Sunday's contest. The third-year quarterback has made one appearance for Las Vegas this season, completing 8-of-13 passes for 72 yards in a 24-0 victory by the New Orleans Saints in late October. In his first-career start, Stidham will go head-to-head with the league's top-ranked defense.
Get to Know: George Kittle
George Kittle, a five-year team captain, is in his sixth NFL season since being drafted by the 49ers in 2017. The former fifth-round pick has appeared in 67 games over five seasons in San Francisco, notching 4,558 total scrimmage yards, 4,489 yards on 335 receptions and 20 touchdowns.
Nick Bosa Wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Nick Bosa is closing out the 2022 calendar year on a high note, earning another nod from the league in the home stretch of the regular season. On Wednesday, the NFL announced that the 49ers defensive lineman has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant display against the Washington Commanders. This is the second time this month Bosa has won the league-wide, weekly award and comes just a week after his third Pro Bowl selection.
Gipson Sr., Hufanga Talk Career-Firsts, Fast Friendship and More
Each week, I get to sit down with different 49ers players and alumni for the team's only player-focused podcast, discussing the upcoming game week and leading players through fan-submitted questions about football, life and everything in between. Safeties Tashaun Gipson Sr. and Talanoa Hufanga joined the 49ers "You've Got Mail" podcast presented by Manscaped to share more about their 2022 seasons with San Francisco and discuss their off-the-field interests.
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In the Community
This holiday season, 49ers staff assembled over 480 to-go boxes of hot dinner meals to distribute to underserved communities in San Jose.
The John Lynch Foundation hosted a Christmas party presented by United Airlines for the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley and local military families at Levi's® Stadium for a holiday brunch with Santa Claus.