After having five primetime games in 2021, the 49ers matched that number with five primetime games this season on their NFL schedule.
The San Francisco 49ers are proving to be must-watch television.
The Niners will be featured on five primetime games this season, matching last year’s totals and reaching the maximum any team is allowed to have any given year.
For Sunday Night Football, San Francisco will play on the road against the Denver Broncos in Week 3 and the Los Angeles Chargers at home in Week 10. On Monday Night Football, the 49ers face the Los Angeles Rams at home in Week 4 and the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in Week 11.
The one Thursday Night Football game the Niners have is against the Seattle Seahawks on the road in Week 15 of the season.
Your 2022 San Francisco NFL schedule, ladies and gentlemen:
49ers most-anticipated primetime games of the season
Of the five primetime games the 49ers hold this season, there are some matchups that are much more appealing than others.
The Niners are slated to face the entire AFC West this season, which has to arguably be the now, toughest division in football.
Every primetime game has the potential to be great, but there are some matchups that can deliver legendary outcomes.
Week 3 — 49ers @ Broncos: Sunday Night Football
The Week 3 matchup with Denver is certainly up there with the most anticipated games of the season, with quarterback Russell Wilson gearing up to face a familiar foe from his NFC West days with the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson and the Niners have plenty of history, and on Sept. 25, they’ll continue to add to the already countless number of memorable games.
The Broncos will feature one of the most balanced offenses in the entire league, with running backs Melvin Gordon III and second-year back Javonte Williams leading the way in the backfield, which is complemented by talented receivers such as Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and K.J. Hamler.
Now with an elite quarterback like Wilson, this offense will certainly be a daunting task to contain.
Defense is what this matchup will bring to the table with two projected top-five defenses, though. The 49ers’ elite pass rush should cause plenty of issues for a questionable and inexperienced Denver offensive line, but on the flip side, the Broncos have playmakers at nearly every level and may have the best secondary in the NFL.
The Niners run the ball well, however, which is something that the Broncos didn’t do particularly well last season.
This game should be as physical as it gets with explosive plays on both sides of the ball.
Week 4 — 49ers vs. Rams: Monday Night Football
Back-to-back San Francisco primetime games in Weeks 3 and 4 this season, and they are both going to be a ton of fun to watch. Following a rematch with Wilson, the 49ers will take on their biggest divisional rival, the Rams.
Fresh off a Super Bowl-winning season, the Rams will have a huge target on their back, and no team will be looking to knock them off more than the Niners. After beating LA twice in the regular season, San Francisco finally fell to Los Angeles in the NFC Championship game last season.
No better way to get revenge than on the big stage, and at home nonetheless.
The 49ers will be ready to rock n roll in this one and will probably want this game more than any other on the NFL schedule. Establishing the tone early in the season will be crucial for the Niners, who suffered a few divisional losses that could have easily been wins.
Week 10 — 49ers vs. Chargers: Sunday Night Football
The Bosa Bowl!
This is the headline as brothers Joey and Nick Bosa will play each other for the first time in their young careers.
The Chargers, like the rest of their division, improved this offseason by acquiring free agents at much-needed positions. All-Pro EDGE Khalil Mack now joins Joey Bosa, and one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL the last two years, J.C. Jackson, is now in Los Angeles as well.
Offensively, the Chargers have an elite passing attack with a solid run game and obviously one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league in Justin Herbert, who will present a very difficult challenge for the 49ers’ secondary, which is exciting.
It’s exciting because the Niners struggled here mightily last season, and with Herbert and the Bolts on the schedule, they’ll look to exploit any cover issues San Francisco showed previously.
This matchup has shoot-out potential and may be one of the more exciting games of the 2022 season. Both offenses should be able to move the ball well, and the 49ers still hold the edge, defensively, until proven otherwise.
If all pieces are healthy before the whistle blows in this one, it has instant classic written all over it.