The San Francisco 49ers’ schedule is out, and wow is 2014 going to be fun.
The highlights, of course, are their two meetings in three weeks with the Seattle Seahawks. The first of which will be a Turkey Bowl to end all Turkey Bowls, a prime-time Thanksgiving matchup at Levi’s Stadium. It’s the perfect dessert after two other division-rivalry games between the Lions and Bears and Cowboys and Eagles. There’s a good chance the 49ers will have star inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (ACL) in the lineup for both games.
The 49ers will travel to Seattle two weeks later, but not before they bus over to Oakland to face the Raiders on Dec. 7. That’s three straight rivalry games played late in the season.
While the idea of playing the defending Super Bowl champs twice in a short span of time may seem daunting, consider this: The 49ers will play their final six games on the West Coast, starting Nov. 23 against the Redskins, and will be at home for four of those.
The 49ers’ 2014 schedule is a breath of fresh air compared to their previous version. San Francisco traveled a league-high 33,000 miles in the 2013 regular season.
What’s amazing is that I haven’t mentioned whom the 49ers open the season against. They’ll face the Cowboys in Jerry World on Sept. 7.
After that, San Francisco will christen Levi’s Stadium against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14. It’s not exactly the marquee matchup everyone was expecting for the first game at the new Santa Clara stadium, but at least it’s not Jacksonville.
– The 49ers host the Chiefs on Oct. 5 in what will be Alex Smith’s first regular-season meeting with San Francisco since he left the team after the 2012 season.
– The 49ers are scheduled to play one Monday night game, at St. Louis on Oct. 13, and at least one Sunday night game, at Denver on Oct. 19. They will also play a Saturday game against the visiting Chargers on Dec. 20.
– San Francisco will play New Orleans in the Superdome for the third straight regular season Nov. 9. The 49ers travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants the following week. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for the 49ers to take their annual pilgrimage to Youngstown, Ohio.
– San Francisco’s bye falls in Week 8.
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