The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a bitter defeat in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. With their 2013 schedule they once again find themselves as one of the teams to watch in the NFL. For the second straight year they have the max allotted primetime games (five) and will travel to London. They open the season at home against the Green Bay Packers, who they defeated twice last year; once at Lambeau Field in the season opener, and again in the playoffs to advance to the NFC Championship game. San Francisco has a brutal first five games, where they play four playoff teams from last year and one team on the rise.
Week 1: Green Bay Packers (Fox) – For the second straight year, the Niners open against the Packers, this time at home. It’ll be a rematch of the NFC Divisional playoff game. The Niners will look to make it three-in-a-row against the Packers in just two years. The Packers have been looking forward to a rematch all offseason.
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)- The Blood and Guts rivalry will continue as the Niners take on the Seahawks in Seattle. Seattle did not lose a game at home last year and blew out the 49ers last time they played there. Seattle will try to take a stronghold of the division early.
Week 3: Indianapolis Colts (CBS) – The 49ers will get their first taste of Andrew Luck and the Colts in a game they’ll need to win especially after a brutal two games to start the season.
Week 4: at St. Louis Rams (NFLN) – San Francisco will travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams on a short week (Thursday Night) against a team they could not defeat last year. The Rams always play the Niners tough, and this season the Rams should be improved.
Week 5: Houston Texans (NBC) – The Niners’ third primetime game in five weeks, they will take on their fourth playoff team in those five weeks.
Week 6: Arizona Cardinals (FOX) – The start of a two-game homestand, Carson Palmer will return to the Bay Area in a game the 49ers will circle as a win.
Week 7: at Tennessee Titans (FOX) – San Francisco travels to Tennessee on the week before they head to London. Delanie Walker will face his old team and try to prove that the Niners should have paid him.
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Carolina Panthers (FOX) – This may be a matchup of the two most dynamic dual-threat QBs in the NFL. Can Cam Newton bounce back from a sophomore slump or will Colin Kaepernick make the Panthers regret not taking him first overall?
Week 11: at New Orleans Saints (FOX) – The 49ers return to the scene of the crime of where they lost the Super Bowl. Bad memories should inspire a bounce back performance, and Saints Head Coach Sean Payton will face the 49ers for the first time since the Bounty Scandal.
Week 12: at Washington Redskins (ESPN) – Another matchup of great dual-threat QBs, but will RGIII be back and healthy? And will the Redskins change their offense?
Week 13: St. Louis Rams (FOX) – In their second matchup of the season, will there be another tie?
Week 14: Seattle Seahawks (FOX) – Seattle returns to San Francisco in what could determine who wins the division and ultimately hosts a playoff game.
Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX) – Dashon Goldson will try and prove that the Niners should have paid him when San Francisco comes to visit. Expect a hard hitting matchup, will there be a letdown after a tough Seattle game?
Week 16: Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)- A rematch of the NFC Championship game, where Atlanta choked away a huge lead. Tony Gonzalez came back to win the big one, and beating the Niners would be a step in that direction.
Week 17: at Arizona Cardinals (FOX) – The Niners finish the season on the road against the weakest of the NFC West teams in a game that could determine seeding in the playoffs.