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Favorable Schedule May Help 49ers Return To Super Bowl

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The San Francisco 49ers in a huddle prior to playing against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers in a huddle prior to playing against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/Bleacher Report) – The NFL unveiled the 2013 schedule Thursday, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the 49ers in San Francisco Sept. 8 to open the season.

The 49ers will have a rematch of 2012 NFC championship game come Dec. 23 at Atlanta in the final Monday-nighter of the season the Candlestick Park farewell, can be seen on KPIX 5.

For a west coast team, avoiding early games (1 p.m. ET starts) on the opposite side of the country is crucial, as those often result in lackluster, tired performances, according to Tim Keeney of Bleacher report. The Niners have only two scheduled early games, and one of those (at Jacksonville) is in London, where the team will arrive several days in advance.

The next obstacle, according to Keeney, is avoiding back-to-back road weeks. The 49ers face that challenge twice in 2013.  The New Orleans-Washington hurdles in Week 11 and 12 create possibly the most challenging part of this schedule, but the 49ers do get an extra day between games. With the Tennessee and Jacksonville back-to-back set for weeks 7 and 8— the 49ers have a distinct talent advantage.

Other than that, the schedule sets up nicely.  Read more analysis from Bleacher Report.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Week

1 Sep. 8 vs Green Bay Packers, 1:25 pm on FOX

2 Sep.15 @ Seattle Seahawks, 5:30 pm on NBC

3 Sep. 22 vs Indianapolis Colts, 1:25 pm on KPIX 5

4 Sep.26 @ St. Louis Rams, 5:25 pm on NFL Network

5 Oct.6 vs Houston Texas, 5:30 pm on NBC

6 Oct.13 vs Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 pm on FOX

7 Oct.20 @ Tennessee Titans, 1:05 pm on FOX

8 Oct.27 vs Jacksonville Jaguars, 10 am on FOX— in London

9 BYE

10 Nov.10 vs Carolina Panthers, 1:05 pm on FOX

11 Nov. 17 @ New Orleans Saints, 3 pm on FOX

12 Nov.25 @ Washington Redskins, 5:40 pm on KPIX 5

13 Dec.1 vs St. Louis Rams, 1:05 pm on FOX

14 Dec.8 vs Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 pm on FOX

15 Dec.15 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10 am on FOX

16 Dec.23 vs Atlanta Falcons, 5:40 pm on KPIX 5

17 Dec.29 @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 pm on FOX

The Niners’ preseason schedule is listed below:

August 6 vs Denver Broncos, 6 pm on KPIX 5

August 16 @ Kansas City Chiefs, 5 pm on KPIX 5

August 25 vs Minnesota Vikings, 5 pm on NBC

August 29 @ San Diego, 7 pm on KPIX 5

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