The San Francisco 49ers knew that the 2012 schedule was going to be much different than their 2011 slate. That’s what happens when you make the playoffs in the NFL. You get to play the other conference playoff teams. And it just so happens that on the AFC wheel this year brings the AFC East into the 49ers plans. That means Tom Brady.
The schedule is much tougher, but then the 49ers seem capable of handling it. There are no tough back-to-back stretches, such as last year’s Thursday night game in Baltimore. The 49ers face five top-notch quarterbacks, and three of them (Rodgers, Brady, Brees) will be playing against the tough Niner defense on their home fields.
That’s the way the schedule crumbles. Here’s a rundown of the 49ers 2012 schedule, from easiest to toughest.