GREEN BAY WI - DECEMBER 05: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a pass over Charlie Peprah #26 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 5 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

49ers Full Schedule Released For 2012 Season; Two MNF Games Included

The San Francisco 49ers will have five prime time games during the 2012 NFL season, though none against either the New Orleans Saints or New York Giants - their opponents in the 2011 playoffs. The full schedule is below, as released by the NFL on Tuesday. For more on the team, head on over to Niners Nation.

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49ers 2012 Schedule, Week 1: Scheming to Defeat the Green Bay Packers

In 2012, the San Francisco 49ers will go on the road in Week 1 to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. In this piece, we will discuss what the Niners can do on offense and defense to win this ball game. For more on the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation


San Francisco's 2012 Schedule: Measuring Top Offenses By 49ers Defensive Performance vs. Saints

With the 49ers set to face off against some of the league's top offensive attacks in 2012, we recap the 49ers defensive performance versus New Orleans in the Divisional Playoff Round. For more on the 49ers, be sure to visit Niners Nation


NFL Schedule: 49ers Selected Twice For Monday Night Football, Once For NFL Network

49ers fans all across the country should still be able to see plenty of your team without scouring the Internet for a stream or shelling out hundreds of dollars to your cable provider in 2012. With five games (which is the maximum) selected by the league for primetime, the 49ers will get plenty of airtime in the coming months.

We get round two of Harbaugh vs. Schwartz in week two of the season, which was selected for Sunday Night Football on NBC. You will recall that the two head coaches had a -- we'll call it "heated" -- post-game handshake following an emotional victory by the 49ers last season, and I'm sure it'll be a big topic of discussion in the days leading up to the game.

The next national telecast comes in week seven when the 49ers welcome in an NFC West rival. The Seattle Seahawks figure to compete for a playoff spot in 2012, and you can bet they'll be looking to make a statement on Thursday Night Football. NFL Network will handle the coverage of this showdown.

San Francisco will be featured on Monday Night Football in week eight as they travel south to take on the Arizona Cardinals. This is another huge game within the division and the 49ers should expect to get everything the Cardinals have on Monday evening.

The 49ers will make another appearance on MNF in week 11 against the Chicago Bears. Hopefully Jay Cutler isn't severed into pieces by this point due to his awful offensive line. Seriously, Aldon Smith probably circled this game on his calendar the minute it was announced.

Finally, in week 15 the 49ers have a huge game against the New England Patriots set for Sunday Night Football in Foxboro. Tom Brady seldom loses at home and this game looks like one of the best of the season on paper.

For more on the 49ers schedule, check out the SB Nation Bay Area StoryStream. To discuss the team and schedule with other fans, be sure to visit Niners Nation.


Breaking Down the San Francisco 49ers Regular Season Matchups to See

As of 7pm ET on Tuesday, April 17, the 2012 NFL regular season schedule was officially released. After taking a look at the 49ers lineup, it's a tough schedule but certainly an entertaining one. Before last season, I would've looked at this schedule and thrown it away in anger - but even though there are some difficult matchups, they are very winnable games.

Breaking down the matchups against the more competitive teams, we can see that what was once almost an automatic loss is not so much anymore. The 49ers have the defense to combat these teams whether it be on the road or at home.

* is for Primetime Matchup

Week 1: 49ers @ Packers

Sunday, September 9th 1:15 PT

It doesn't take long for the 49ers to see some competition; in the first week of the regular season, the Niners will travel to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field.

It's real hard to beat the Rodgers-led Packers when they have home-field advantage, but if the Giants can do it, so can the 49ers.

Week 2: 49ers vs. Lions*

Sunday, September 16th 5:20 PT

Even though it is at home, this is the game that the 49ers should be on red alert. The Detroit Lions are coming to town and we all know what happened in 2011. This is going to be a heated battle and possibly a contender for game of the year.

This game directly follows the Packers game and will be the Sunday Night Football game. These two teams will be duking it out for NFC supremacy as well as personal pride.

Week 6: 49ers vs. Giants

Sunday, October 14th 1:15 PT

A rematch from the regular season last year as well as the NFC Championship game. And it will also be the Giants third visiting the 49ers within the span of a calendar year. It's going to be even more interesting given that Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham have since joined the 49ers.

The 49ers have the better defense, the more recent loss and a blossoming offense. I think San Francisco wins this outright. Week 6 seems to be about the right time the Giants are struggling to find their identity.

Week 11: 49ers vs. Bears*

Monday, November 19th 5:30 PT

The second primetime game for the 49ers will be against the Chicago Bears who now tout weapons like Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall. The defense is hardened and will play a physical brand of football against the 49ers.

This is also a big deal for Jim Harbaugh, even if he says it isn't. For a good part of Harbaugh's quarterbacking career, he was a Chicago Bear. This will be his first professional contest coaching against his former team.

Week 12: 49ers @ Saints

Sunday, November 25th 1:15 PT

This game should be a wild one as I'm sure the 49ers have a serious bone to pick with the New Orleans Saints after the Bountygate Scandal. The Saints also have some unfinished business with the 49ers after losing in that backbreaking fashion in the Divisional Playoff Round at Candlestick.

The Saints will be without head coach Sean Payton and possibly some defensive starters, but Drew Brees is dangerous on his home turf. This should be a great game in New Orleans.

Week 15: 49ers @ Patriots*

Sunday, December 16th 5:20 PT

Very much looking forward to this game, as it was my Super Bowl prediction in 2011. This is a potential Super Bowl matchup this year, with great offense versus great defense and both teams led by terrific head coaching. Tom Brady is going to see what this 49ers defense is made of, and it could be a long day for him.

As of now, the 49ers would break right through that changing Patriots offensive line. And the New England defense isn't good enough to contain a methodical 49ers offensive attack. But the Patriots get hot at the end of the season, so it will be a big-time matchup.

The 49ers have a much tougher regular season schedule than last year, but I suppose they've earned it. San Francisco has five primetime games this season, but these three should be the most talked about. The Niners do have an easier stretch in the middle of their schedule from week 5 to week 11. In that stretch of 7 weeks, the 49ers have 5 home games (BUF, NYG, SEA, STL and CHI) and a bye, with their one away game at Arizona.

Harbaugh will take it one game at a time once again and with expected improvement, the 49ers could very well end the season with double-digit wins once again. To predict a 12-4 or 11-5 finale with playoff berth wouldn't be outrageous, and it might be a pretty safe call. But the 49ers will also add players in the draft who will be factors in these matchups going forward, so it's really too early to make any sort of educated predictions.


NFL Schedule Release: 49ers Get Five Primetime Games, Two On Monday Night Football

Rejoice, all who obsessively follow an NFL team! The league has officially released the schedule for the 2012 NFL season. For the San Francisco 49ers, we've had a few rumors over the last few days - including a full schedule leak that was obviously fake, and some rumors of an opening week matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Well, those rumors are validated now, as the full schedule confirms the matchup for Sunday, September 9 at 1:15 p.m. pacific. On top of that, the 49ers have five primetime games - though none of them are against teams they faced in the playoffs last season. There's some solid matchups though, with the opportunity to re-visit the handshake drama between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh in Week 2, among other things.

Also entertaining to see that the league is not scared away by primetime games at Candlestick Park, given what happened with the electricity going out this past season. That being said, let's get to the full schedule below, with more analysis to come.

Week 1 at Green Bay Packers, Sunday Sept. 9, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 2 vs Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 4 at New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 5 vs Buffalo Bills Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m. (CBS)
Week 6 vs New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 14, 115: p.m. (FOX)
Week 7 vs Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:20 p.m. (NFL Network Primetime)
Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 10 vs St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11 vs Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 12 at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13 at St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 2, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
Week 15 at New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17 vs Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)


49ers 2012 Schedule Rumors: San Francisco Plays At Green Bay Opening Weekend

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers (quite possibly the top two teams in the NFL) didn't get to play each other; San Francisco didn't have a good enough record to match up on the original schedule with Green Bay, and the 49ers missed out in the Packers on the NFC Championship game after they were eliminated by the Giants.

They're likely to rectify that on opening week.

That would be 3:15 PM in Green Bay, or 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT. Which probably means FOX is making this their national telecast.

If the 49ers are the late game, they will probably earn the so-called national telecast, where most of the country will be able to watch their game except for those with regional contests. The game would be on FOX, and it's likely that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (the number one crew on the network) will be the ones to broadcast it.

To talk about the 49ers regular season schedule, head on over to Niners Nation.

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49ers Preseason TV Schedule Features Peyton Manning, Broncos; No Raiders

The San Francisco 49ers have their preseason schedule announced, and their game agains the Denver Broncos is set for the third contest of the preseason. Considering it's the third preseason game, it's likely the best glimpse you'll get of Manning before the regular season starts, since that's when most of the starting lineup sees the most action. It's the best chance at seeing the 49ers at full-strength and back in action.

Full schedule with TV listings and times (PT) attached.

Friday, August 10th vs. Minnesota Vikings, 6 PM on CBS 5: A nice warmup game for San Francisco fans against a lowly opponent, and a decent way to ease into the season.

Saturday, August 18th vs. Houston Texans, 5 PM on CBS 5: Probably the toughest game of the preseason.

Sunday, August 26th vs. Denver Broncos, 1 PM on FOX

Thursday, August 30th vs. San Diego Chargers, 7:05 PM on CBS 5: This will be another one of those depth chart games, where no one of significance plays and every player fighting to get on the 53-man roster gets their chance to shine.

No Raiders game, as expected.

To discuss the thought of a preseason matchup against the Broncos with 49ers fans, head on over to Niners Nation. To talk about the game with Broncos fans, go to Mile High Report.


49ers Schedule Rumors: Team To Open Season In Green Bay? We'll Know On Tuesday With Full Release

One of the biggest dates for the NFL offseason is right around the corner: the full schedule release for all 32 teams. It's a time of year that is far more obsessive for NFL fans than it is for fans of other sports, mostly because it's only 16 games and easier to digest. On Monday, the NFL Network Tweeted that the schedule will be released live on NFL Network at 4:00 p.m. pacific on Tuesday.

Fans obsess over how many miles a team travels, where the short weeks are, and, most importantly, prime time games. Speaking of prime time games, there was a rumor, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, that the 49ers would open up the season with a very tough matchup: the Green Bay Packers:

That's a tall order for the 49ers, who will have a much tougher schedule in 2012 in comparison to 2011. That being said, the team is much better than in recent years, so they're likely up to the task. That being said, it doesn't get much harder than taking on the Packers in Lambeau.


San Francisco 49ers Preseason Schedule 2012

The San Francisco 49ers announced their four-game preseason schedule, which includes a national television appearance against the Denver Broncos on For more chatter on the schedule, head over to Silver & Black Pride.

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