The San Francisco 49ers had the second-easiest schedule by record in the 2011 season. Only New England had it easier. The Niners capitalized with a 13-3 regular-season record and a strong playoff showing. That precipitated a 2012 schedule that features the Patriots, Packers, Saints, Giants, Lions—playoff teams all. Put another way, the top five quarterbacks in the NFL will get to face the formidable 49er defense.
It also has to be said that a team that many did not expect to do well in 2011 saw that prognostication in their TV schedule. There were only two nationally-televised games in 2011. In 2012, there will be five prime-time appearances: two on Sunday night, two on Monday Night Football as well as a Thursday appearance.
Three of the first four games are on the road, but there’s a midseason streak of three straight home games but four of the last six are on the road, with the last game being at home versus Arizona.