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The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders face off for Bay Area domination one last time Thursday before the silver and black head to Las Vegas in 2020. The final Battle of the Bay , led by Kyle Shanahan and Jon Gruden, will feature two teams that combine for two wins and 13 losses so far in 2018. It’s a long-awaited matchup that fans are just hoping will be interesting if nothing else.Here are five players to watch when the 49ers battle the Raiders on Thursday:TE George KittleKittle has emerged into one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and a valuable offensive weapon for the 49ers. The second-year player is on pace for 1,168 yards in 2018 and would be the first 49ers tight end to eclipse the century mark. Shoutout to Sacarmento Bee’s Chris Biderman the intel. Kittle’s impact will be one to watch Thusday as the 49ers increasingly rely on their standout tight end among an under-performing group of wide receivers. RB Matt BreidaBreida may be too stubborn for his own good. The 49ers’ undrafted free agent from 2017 has proven remarkably durable this season as he continues to play through a nagging ankle injury. On the other hand, perhaps Breida should allow his body some time to heal before taking the field again or risk re-aggravating as he did against the Rams in Week 6. The 49ers’ lead back has been impressive when healthy, averaging 5.8 yards per carry so far in 2018. His health will be one to watch Thursday against a vulnerable Raiders run defense.CB Richard ShermanSherman took a small step back Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing a handful of receptions including a big play to Larry Fitzgerald during the team’s fourth-quarter comeback. He’d only allowed a single reception before Week 7. In the Cardinals’ final offensive series, Sherman allowed a big gain to rookie Christian Kirk K'Waun Williams Jersey White , but immediately followed that up with a pass breakup in the end zone. His resilience is something the young roster can learn from. It’ll be something to watch Thursday as the veteran cornerback battles a calf injury that he wasn’t sure would allow him to go on a short week.WR Kendrick BourneThe 49ers were without Pierre Gar莽on against the Cardinals Sunday. The veteran receiver was struggling with both knee and shoulder injuries before being ruled out. Second-year undrafted free agent Kendrick Bourne capitalized on the opportunity, reeling in seven receptions on 10 targets for 71 yards, all a respective best among the offense. The possiblity of an expanded role for Bourne will be worth watching Thursday, especially if Gar莽on returns.S Tyvis PowellThe 49ers’ group of safeties has been decimated by injury. Starting free safety Adrian Colbert was placed on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain after the team’s Week 6 matchup against the Rams. Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) has been ruled out along with his backup, Antione Exum (concussion.) Backup and recent practice squad promotion Tyvis Powell replaced Tartt against the Cardinals and instantly became the target of the offense. The 49ers will be depending on an improvement from Powerll after receiving the majorty of first-team reps throughout the week.In addition to Powell, the 49ers plan to activate rookie safety Marcell Harris (hamstring) Thursday from injured reserve, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport. How coordinator Robert Saleh handles the playing time for both will be worth keeping an eye on. The Pro Football Writers of America announced their all-NFL and all-conference teams on Tuesday morning Dwight Clark Jersey , and the San Francisco 49ers have two players honored. Second year tight end George Kittle and rookie kick returner Richie James were included on the All-NFC team.Kittle is not a shocking decision, but it’s interesting to see him get the nod over Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Kittle had the better overall season, leading the NFL in yards after the catch and setting franchise records for tight end receptions and receiving yards. He finished the season with 88 receptions for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns. Ertz set the NFL record for receptions by a tight end, finishing with 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Kittle separated himself from Ertz by his ability after the catch, but also the value of his run blocking. He was much more of a complete tight end than Ertz.The James inclusion caught me a little off guard , but a look at the numbers suggests it was not quite so surprising. James finished the season seventh among qualifying kick returners in return average. The only NFC kick returner ahead of him was Corey Coleman, who spent the second half of the season with the New York Giants. James had a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown, and I’m guessing that was the difference for most of the voters. Whatever the case, it’s a cool honor for the rookie.DeForest Buckner did not earn a nod this year due to the strong seasons by Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox. Buckner was a Pro Bowl alternate behind them and stands a decent chance of getting a bump for one or both of Donald and Cox. Other than James, the special teams honors followed the Pro Bowl voting, and so no Robbie Gould for kicker or Mark Nzeocha for specialist.

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