The 49ers will have five primetime games in 2013 and several noteworthy matchups in the final year at Candlestick Park.
With the 2013 regular season schedule being released on Thursday, it’s now known that San Francisco will face four playoff teams in the opening five weeks of the season. The 49ers will also open the final season at The ‘Stick against the Green Bay Packers, the very same team they opened against on the road in 2012.
It will also be Colin Kaepernick’s first regular season start at quarterback and his 11th career start as he enters his third season with the 49ers. The last time Kaepernick faced the Packers at Candlestick, the dual-threat quarterback rushed for 181 yards in his first career playoff outing. It was also the most single-game rushing yards from a quarterback in NFL history.
The other 15 regular season games on the 49ers schedule provide several quality matchups. Free agency departures from the 49ers like defensive tackle Ricky Jeans Francois, tight end Delanie Walker and safety Dashon Goldson will all face their former team in 2013. Jean Francois and the Indianapolis Colts will visit the 49ers on Sept. 22, Walker and the Tennessee Titans will host the 49ers on Oct. 20 and Goldson and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will welcome the 49ers on Dec. 15.
The 49ers will also play the Titans the week before they cross the pond to face the Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.
More thoughts on the 49ers schedule and other team headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle offered his thoughts on the 2013 schedule release.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offered notes on the 2013 schedule.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shared his take on the schedule release.
Maiocco also continued his draft outlook series by profiling defensive linemen.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com shared his schedule analysis.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com wrote about the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry being the best in the NFL.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News covered the signing of new tight end Cameron Morrah.
49ers.com shared notes from Mike Mayock’s annual draft conference call.
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