With the 2013 regular-season in the rear-view mirror and the San Francisco 49ers finishing 12-4, where the Niners will face in 2014 became clearer.
Of course, the team and 49ers Faithful are still focused on this season and the playoff run that lies ahead in the quest for six. Having said that, with the 49ers finishing second in the NFC West division this season, we now know which teams the Niners will host and travel to in 2014.
The dates of the 2014 games will be announced in April. Here are the teams the 49ers will be hosting at their new digs in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers and…Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith — assuming he is still the starter next season for the Chiefs — will make his first return to San Francisco since being traded by the Niners.
In 2014, the Niners will travel to play the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and…their cross-bay rivals Oakland Raiders. The rest of the schedule has San Francisco hosting and traveling to play their three NFC West foes: Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.
The most exciting home game next season, outside of playing NFC West opponents, will be seeing Alex Smith play in San Francisco for the first time as a Chief. The notable road games include the 49ers first games played at the new Cowboys and Giants’ stadiums. But the biggest road game next season might be against the Raiders. This will be the first time since 2002 that the Niners will play in Oakland in the regular-season. In that season, Steve Mariucci coached the 49ers, while Jerry Rice was playing at wideout for the Raiders.