Although the San Francisco 49ers did not make the playoffs this season, today’s Week 17 schedule led to a busy day of results for the team. The win over Arizona, coupled with several other wins and losses appears to have secured the seventh pick of the 2011 NFL Draft for the 49ers.
However, the subsequent victory by the Seahawks over the Rams to clinch the NFC West division title allowed the 49ers to lock up third place in the NFC West. Had the Seahawks lost, they would have dropped to third because of the division record tie-breaker. However, the current result nets a schedule benefit for the 49ers because it means they get the third place opponents schedule instead of the second place opponents schedule. The vagaries of NFL scheduling mean the 49ers will get to face the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead of the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.
Listed below is the 49ers 2011 slate of opponents. The schedule of dates for each game will be released later this spring.