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San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Schedule Record Prediction

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2013 Schedule Prediction

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The San Francisco 49ers begin anew in 2013 coming off a heartbreaking 34-31 loss in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. After back-to-back years where the 49ers felt like they had a Super Bowl champion team, they have suffered devastating losses in the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl respectively. If each year the 49ers take another step, then inevitably 2013 should be the year the 49ers return to the top of the mountain and win their sixth Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers start off the season in brutal fashion. In their first game, they host the Green Bay Packers who they defeated twice last year. First, in the season opener at Lambeau Field and in the NFC Divisional Championship game where Colin Kaepernick set the record for most rushing yards in a single game by a QB. They follow that up by visiting the toughest place to play in the NFL and take on their biggest rival, the Seattle Seahawks. In their first five games, the 49ers face four playoff teams (Packers, Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans) and a team that they did not defeat last year (St. Louis Rams). If the Niners can go 4-1 or 3-2 in their first five games, they'll be in great shape to win the division.

The Niners also will travel to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars which will be their second game across the pond as they defeated the Denver Broncos in the last game they played there.

But before we start crowning a champion in April, let's look at the San Francisco 49ers 2013 schedule and I will predict their win loss record. Don't worry, I think they'll be pretty good this year.

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Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)

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The San Francisco 49ers open against the Green Bay Packers for the second straight year this time at Candlestick. The Packers have been waiting for payback all offseason, but Colin Kaepernick and the Niners are too much to handle for the Pack.

San Francisco 49ers defeat Green Bay Packers 35-28 to go 1-0.

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San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)

SEA
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Coming off a tough battle against the Packers, San Francisco must now travel to the hardest place to play in the NFL for Seattle's home opener against their biggest rival. The Seahawks were undefeated at home last year and continue their winning streak.

Seattle Seahawks defeat San Francisco 49ers (1-1) 24-23.

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Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (CBS)

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The Niners continue there tough start to the schedule taking on their third straight playoff team in Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. They put up a fight in a shootout, but their too young and defense can't handle Kaepernick and the Niners.

San Francisco (2-1) defeats Indianapolis Colts 32-24.

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San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

STL
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The 49ers have struggled with the Rams as of late and you won't believe this, but they tie (AGAIN!) 24-24 in what continues to be a bizarre in-division battle.

San Francisco 49ers (2-1-1) tie St. Louis Rams. 24-24.

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Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (NBC)

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The 49ers get their third primetime game in their first five games and it comes against AFC South champion Houston Texans. The 49ers notoriously play well in primetime and escape their five game gauntlet with a win and a (3-1-1) record.

San Francisco 49ers (3-1-1) defeat Houston Texans 28-23.

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Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

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Carson Palmer returns to the Bay Area to take on the 49ers. Arizona is improved, but their offensive line allows Palmer to get crushed over and over.

San Francisco 49ers (4-1-1) defeat Arizona Cardinals 38-13.

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San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans

Titans
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San Francisco starts their long road trip by visiting Tennessee and taking on former TE Delanie Walker and the Titans. The Niners capitalize on Jake Locker mistakes and slow down Chris Johnson to continue their win streak.

San Francisco 49ers (5-1-1) defeat Tennessee Titans 41-16.

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San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

Jags
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The 49ers go across the pond to take on the lowly Jaguars. San Francisco won their only game in London when they defeated the Denver Broncos. Jaguars are in rebuild mode and the long trip doesn't hurt the Niners as much as people may think.

San Francisco 49ers (6-1-1) defeat Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3.

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Bye Week

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The 49ers end their cross-country and exhaustive trip from Tennessee to London with a record of 6-1-1, which is a great feat after playing four playoff teams from a year ago. A much needed week off will help rest the veteran 49ers before returning to Candlestick to take on the Carolina Panthers.

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Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers

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The Panthers take on three of the four Conference Champion teams in 2013 and this one is a battle of the dual-threat QBs. Colin Kaepernick will make the Panthers regret taking Cam Newton over him in the draft.

San Francisco 49ers (7-1-1) defeat Carolina Panthers 27-20.

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San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

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San Francisco returns to the scene of their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss when they travel to New Orleans. Sean Payton faces the Niners for the first time since the Divisional Playoff loss and the Bounty Scandal and they get some retribution in a shootout.

New Orleans Saints defeat San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) 35-31.

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San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins

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San Francisco visits RGIII and the Redskins in a battle of two of the most exciting players in the NFL. The 49ers struggle with the read option and lose their second straight game for the first time all season.

Washington Redskins defeat San Francisco 49ers (7-3-1) 27-24.

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St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

STL
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The 49ers finally break through and beat the Rams with the Rams missing a running game and receivers on the outside, the Niners defense clamps down and defeats their in-division rival.

San Francisco (8-3-1) 49ers defeat St. Louis Rams 31-21.

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Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

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This game will determine the winner of the NFC West and who will ultimately host a playoff game in the NFC. San Francisco has their own home advantage and wins a defensive battle on a goal-line stand.

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) defeat Seattle Seahawks 17-13.

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San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The 49ers travel cross-country to Florida to take on the Bucs and former safety Dashon Goldson in what could be a trap game after a bloodbath against the Seahawks the previous week. The 49ers overcome and dominate Josh Freeman and Tampa Bay.

San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-18.

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Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

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The rematch of the NFC Championship game, Tony Gonzalez returns to beat the Niners and the Falcons upgraded their shoddy running game after signing Steven Jackson. The Niners are at home this time and win on a late field goal that will help them in playoff seeding.

San Francisco 49ers (11-3-1) defeat Atlanta Falcons 38-35.

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San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

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San Francisco ends the regular season by traveling to Arizona in a game they must win to hold onto the division against the Seahawks. Arizona plays them strong in another game where the Niners could be looking ahead, but their defense forces some turnovers and the Niners win handily.

San Francisco 49ers (12-3-1) defeat Arizona Cardinals 31-10.

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12-3-1, NFC West Champions

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The San Francisco 49ers end the regular season (12-3-1) and win the NFC West by 1/2 game over the Seattle Seahawks. A huge feat since no one wants to travel to Seattle for a playoff game.