49ers schedule 2023: Niners play these bird teams all in a row

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The NFL schedule makers apparently like the idea of giving the 49ers a lot of matchups in a row against bird teams.

Every year, the San Francisco 49ers schedule is going to carry at least a couple of quirks and oddities.

This year, one of the tougher aspects head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad will face is the fact it will be tied for facing the most opponents coming off a bye week, which isn't necessarily great when factoring in those other teams will be well-rested in advance of their matchups with the Niners.

Oh, and San Francisco will travel the second most of all the teams in the league this season, trailing only its NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks.

Speaking of bird teams like the Hawks, there's another unique quirk about the 49ers schedule this year that fans may or may not have noticed.

Until now.

49ers schedule has them playing 5 bird teams in a row

As Joe Gatto of TruTV's Impractical Jokers once pointed out, pick a bird and there's a good chance a team or two is named after it.

The NFL is no different. And, as it turns out, the Niners play a lot of bird teams in a row, as our friends over at @TheSFNiners pointed out on Twitter:

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Two of those five matchups involve Seattle, which San Francisco will place twice in a three-week period.

As for the games themselves, here are the 49ers' "bird" matchups:

  • Week 12 -- 49ers @ Seahawks: Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8:15 p.m. ET (Thursday Night Football)
  • Week 13 -- 49ers @ Eagles: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Week 14 -- Seahawks @ 49ers: Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Week 15 -- 49ers @ Cardinals: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Week 16 -- Ravens @ 49ers: Monday, Dec. 25 at 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday Night Football)

If only the NFL schedule makers could have lined up the Niners against the Atlanta Falcons. That would complete the bird-team group, right?

Does anyone out there have a split of how San Francisco has fared against bird teams over the last 10 years? That might be helpful at this point.

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