One day removed from the announcement of the 2012 regular season schedule, there’s plenty of schedule analysis to discuss. With the 49ers playing in five primetime games this upcoming season, the most the franchise’s played in since 1999, several of San Francisco’s marquee matchups were profiled by national football writers.
The 49ers schedule is littered with intriguing storylines as the team have to face the difficult challenge of having a division champion’s schedule. At home, there are three primetime games that’ll see the 49ers face the Detroit Lions in a Week 2 Sunday Night Football matchup, as well as the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 7 Thursday Night Football matchup and the Chicago Bears in a Week 11 Monday Night Football matchup. On the road, the 49ers will see the Arizona Cardinals Week 8 on Monday Night Football and the New England Patriots in a Week 15 Sunday Night Football clash.
More on the top 49ers regular season games and the third installment of CEO Jed York’s interview with The San Jose Mercury News can be found after the jump.
In the third installment of his interview with Mike Rosenberg of The Mercury News, the 49ers CEO discussed what fans can expect with the team’s new stadium in Santa Clara. With the team set to break ground at the stadium site on Thursday, York said he felt gratitude for all the hard work that’s gone into the project.
ESPN.com senior NFL analyst John Clayton shares his top 10 regular season matchups of 2012. Clayton has the 49ers matchups against the Green Bay Packers (Week 1), Detroit Lions (Week 2) and New Orleans Saints (Week 12).
Chris Burke of SI.com ranks the best games week-by-week. Burke has the 49ers matchups against the Lions (Week 2), New York Giants (Week 6) and New England Patriots (Week 15) as the best games of those particular weeks.
Ben Stockwell of ProFootballFocus.com examined the best individual matchups set to take place in the 2012 regular season and ranks 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers facing New England Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker as the most intriguing 49ers matchup to watch.
Patrick Willis has been eliminated from the 2013 EA Madden video game cover tournament. Willis was defeated in the semifinals by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
TWEET ABOUT IT
York gave the San Jose Sharks a shout-out on Twitter, as well as recognized a San Jose Mercury News column that profiled the friendship between Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and his 49ers counterpart, Trent Baalke.
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