San Francisco 49ers 2011 NFL Schedule Released, Primetime Games Against Steelers, Ravens

With the NFL releasing the 2011 NFL Schedule on Tuesday April 19, we provide a rundown of the San Francisco 49ers 2011 schedule of opponents, dates, times, and analysis. For more in depth discussion on the 2011 NFL Schedule release and the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation.

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San Francisco 49ers 2011 Schedule: Top 5 Games Niners Fans Should Go To

With the San Francisco 49ers 2011 schedule out, everyone is taking a look and circling important games. Upon further examination, there are some home match-ups that a Niners fan should make sure not to miss. Times are tough though, and tickets are expensive and sometimes hard to come by. But if you have the means and the time to do so, these are the 5 top games that I think you should try to make, in chronological order:

1) Week 1: Sunday September 11, 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:15 p.m.
Not only is it the 49ers season and home opener, it’s against the reigning NFC West champions. The hawks came out of the gate last season and smacked the Niners in the mouth up is Seattle, maybe the 49ers can return the favor this year.

2) Week 2: Sunday September 18, 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m.
Back-to-back terrific games at the ‘Stick to start the season with the ’Boys in town in week 2. Dallas will definitely want to get off to a better start than they did last season, winning only one out of their first nine games. Alwalys a great game when these historic franchises clash, can’t wait for this one.

3) Week 10: Sunday, November 13, 49ers vs. New York Giants, 1:15 p.m.
Whenever these two teams face each other, I can’t help but think of the epic playoff win the Niners pulled in 2002. Still ranks up there as one of the craziest games I’d ever seen. Maybe there’ll be some similar fireworks when they square off this season?

4) Week 11: Sunday November 20, 49ers vs. Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.
These two franchises just flat out don’t like each other. It’s always a smash mouth game of football when they play; I mean, they broke Frank Gore’s hip last year for pete’s sake. Divisional games are always lots of fun, especially towards the end of the season. Don’t miss this one if you can make it.

5) Week 15: Monday December 19, 49ers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 5:30 p.m.
The only Monday night game the Niners will have all season, and boy did they draw a doozy. The perennial playoff Steelers are always a tough win at home or on the road, and the Niners will need all the help they can get from their home field advantage. Get out there and cheer until you’re blue in the face for this match-up, I have a feeling this one will be important in the outcome of the 49ers season.

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2011 San Francisco 49ers Schedule: 49ers-Ravens On Thanksgiving, Hosting Steelers On Monday Night Football

The NFL has just released the 2011 regular season schedule, and the 49ers have themselves three primetime games, two if you exclude Saturday. In a somewhat comical twist, the Jim Harbaugh-led team is traveling to Baltimore on Thanksgiving to take on the Ravens, led by John Harbaugh. We've got brother versus brother on a holiday that brings the family together: priceless! It wouldn't be a season if the 49ers didn't have a tough Monday Night Football matchup, and they've got the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 19th.

They've also got the Seahawks on Saturday, which is weird to see, as 49ers-Cardinals had become sort of a staple, but the regression of both teams has to be taken into account. The 49ers will also face their NFC West rivals, the St. Louis Rams at the end of the year, in an effort to make it more meaningful, as the 49ers and Rams are co-favorites to win the division.

Here is the full schedule for the San Francisco 49ers.

Week 1: vs Seattle Seahawks - Sunday September 11, 1:15pm FOX

Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys  - Sunday September 18, 1:05pm FOX

Week 3: @ Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday September 25, 10:00am FOX

Week 4: @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday October 2, 10:00am FOX

Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday October 9, 1:05pm FOX

Week 6: @ Detroit Lions - Sunday October 16, 10:00am FOX

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns - Sunday October 30, 1:15pm CBS

Week 9: @ Washington Redskins - Sunday November 6, 10:00am FOX

Week 10: vs. New York Giants - Sunday November 13, 1:15pm FOX

Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday November 20, 1:05pm FOX

Week 12: @ Baltimore Ravens - Thursday November 24, 5:20pm NFLN

Week 13: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday December 4, 1:15pm FOX

Week 14: @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday December 11, 1:05pm FOX

Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Monday December 19, 5:30pm ESPN

Week 16: @ Seattle Seahawks - Saturday December 24, 1:15pm FOX

Week 17: @ St. Louis Rams - Sunday January 1, 10:00am FOX

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San Francisco 49ers 2011 Schedule Release: List Of Opponents, Travel Distance

On Tuesday April 19, San Francisco 49ers fans will find out the specifics of when the 49ers will be playing their 2011 NFL schedule. While the NFL Lockout means none of this is really guaranteed, we’ll at least know what a regular season would bring. The 49ers have a tough road in that they find themselves traveling the most miles of anybody in the NFL. Excluding the London game between Tampa Bay and Chicago (not included in the mileage), the 49ers lead the league with 29,196 miles of total travel distance.

Outside of divisional opponents, the 49ers get a majority of their opponents from the NFC East and the AFC North. Their opponents are as follows:

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions

The list of opponents is determined by four factors:

1. Divisional games: Six games (three home, three away) against their three NFC West foes.

2. Inter-conference games: Four games (two home, two away) against a rotating division from the AFC – This year it is the AFC North

3. Intra-conference games: Four games (two home, two away) against a rotating division from the NFC – This year it is the NFC East

4.Standings-Based matchups: Two games (one home, one away) against teams with the same standing from the two remaining divisions within a team’s conference – This includes Tampa Bay and Detroit.

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