Even though the San Francisco 49ers are still very much involved in the 2012-13 season, it is never too early to start thinking ahead.
San Francisco’s opponents for 2013 were released, however, the schedule-maker is yet to complete the official week-to-week lineup. We now know that outside their own division, the 49ers will be pitted against the NFC South and AFC South.
Combined, both divisions have a fair amount of competitive teams and up-and-coming challengers.
Houston and Indianapolis had a combined record of 23-9, each racking up double-digit wins. Atlanta (13-3) handedly ruled the South, but New Orleans and Tampa Bay are on the Falcons' coattails, prepared to dethrone them in 2013.
Of their upcoming opponents, only Houston and Atlanta had better records than San Francisco in 2012. But overall, the 49ers will have seven games against playoff teams from 2012. Fortunately, five of those seven games will be at Candlestick Park, when San Francisco hosts Houston, Atlanta, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Seattle.