The official 2013 schedule for the San Francisco 49ers was released on Thursday. To see the full schedule with dates, times and location, click here.
The 49ers Faithful expected a tougher road back to the playoffs as the team is coming off a Super Bowl appearance. But with seven games against teams who appeared in last season’s playoffs, with two against the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have an uphill battle. No doubt, the 49ers will be ready for their quest to return back to the playoffs and the Super Bowl as they have key players returning from last season to go along with new additions that have upgraded the team on offense, defense and special teams. It will be all hands on deck for Jim Harbaugh and his men.
Oh yeah, and it’s the final season to be played at Candlestick Park.
Here are some highlights for the 2013 season:
- Four of the first five games for the 49ers will be against teams who made the playoffs last season.
- The 49ers have five total prime time games: Two on Monday Night Football, two on Sunday Night Football and one on Thursday Night Football.
- Three of the first five games for San Francisco will be in prime time.
- 49ers will open up the season against the Green Bay Packers for the second consecutive season, but this time at home. Last season, the 49ers traveled to Green Bay for the season opener. The last time the two teams played was in the playoffs, with Colin Kaepernick rushing for 181 yards in his first career playoff start.
- San Francisco will go up against three former players who left the team in free agency: Defensive tackle Ricky Jeans Francois, tight end Delanie Walker and safety Dashon Goldson. Jean Francois and the Indianapolis Colts will travel to San Francisco on September 22. Walker and the Tennessee Titans will host the 49ers on October 20. The 49ers will travel to Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 15, which is where Goldson signed in the offseason.
- On September 22, San Francisco will host the Indianapolis Colts for the first time since 2005.
- 49ers will play a road game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be the second-time in franchise history the 49ers have played in London. The 49es beat the Denver Broncos 24-16 at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010.
- The 49ers bye week is in Week 9, which will come after their trip to London.
- The Niners will have back-to-back East Coast games in November against the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.
- 49ers final home game and the final game to be played at Candlestick Park will be on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons, December 23.
- The season finale will be on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.