Ranking the 5 most important games on 49ers' 2024 schedule

From prime time, to renewing rivalries, to playoff implications, these are the five most important games for the 49ers in 2024.
NFC Championship - Detroit Lions v San Francisco 49ers
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No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs vs 49ers in Week 7

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A Super Bowl rematch is exactly what the doctor ordered for the 49ers. They desperately need to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.

If San Francisco wants to chuck the monkey off their back, winning this Week 7 game is crucial.

It'll be a huge relief for Shanahan who's lost three straight games to KC including two Super Bowls. He needs to have the confidence and the instincts if he wants to lead his team to a ring.

The core of the 49ers also needs to win. Much like their coach, this group must defeat Kansas. They need to believe in themselves, because when they take on the Chiefs again in the Super Bowl, they could have the confidence to finally win.

Beyond just the "have to beat KC" storyline, you have Purdy against Patrick Mahomes once again. Two quarterbacks leading theif franchises in the right direction.

There's a personality rivalry with tight ends George Kittle of the 49ers and Travis Kelce of the Chiefs. Both are hilarious guys who've been compared to each other throughout their careers. Plus, Kelce could bring a few popular guests like his brother Jason Kelce, mom Donna Kelce and Taylor Swift.

San Francisco are favourites once again to win the Super Bowl, but to get there making it through theses five games will be crucial.

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