2012 San Francisco 49ers Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Time and TV Info

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  (L-R) Alex Boone #75, Tavares Gooden #56, Ricky Jean Francois #95 and Chilo Rachal #62 of the San Francisco 49ers run onto the field to play against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers will have their work cut out for them if they hope to duplicate, or improve, on their success with a brutal schedule on tap for the 2012 season. 

We have known the teams that would be lining up against the 49ers for months, but now we have dates, times and all the other pertinent information necessary to get set for another season of madness with Jim Harbaugh and co. 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Analysis

While the 49ers had a fairly light schedule en route to winning the NFC West last year for the first time since 2002, they are going to prove just how good they are this year. 

Home games against the Bears, Lions and Giants will test their mettle, though the 49ers were able to defeat the Lions and Giants in 2011. 

The road is where things get dicey, particularly with games against playoff teams Green Bay, New England and New Orleans

Plus, two games against an improved Seattle squad will make life difficult for the 49ers.  If they are to win the division, or earn a wild-card berth, it will be well earned. 

Schedule according to NFL.com

Week 1 9/9: San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 2 9/16: San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 3 9/23: San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 4 9/30: San Francisco 49ers @ New York Jets 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 5 10/7: San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 6 10/14: San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 7 10/18: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Week 8 10/29 San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 9 : BYE
Week 10 11/11: San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 11 11/19: San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 12 11/25: San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints  4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 13 12/2: San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 14 12/9: San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 15 12/16: San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 16 12/23: San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 17 12/30: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX

 

Most Pivotal Matchup

Week 1 vs. Green Bay Packers

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Ric Flair taught us a version of that saying, and it holds true. 

The 49ers beat the Giants in the regular season last year, so there isn't a lot for them to prove against the defending Super Bowl champions. 

Instead, going against the best and most efficient offense in the NFL will tell us all we need to know about how much better or worse they will be against a Packers team that went 15-1 last season.