The San Francisco 49ers will welcome the world to Levi’s Stadium in 2014, after 43 years of residence in Candlestick Park. The new stadium looks to be one of the finest in the league and a major upgrade over the aging ‘Stick.
What’s less clear is which team the 49ers will face in the regular-season opener. The NFL has released the list of teams the 49ers will play next season, but the actual schedule itself won’t be released until April.
That leaves us plenty of time to speculate as to just which franchise will get the call for that opener. The NFL has a number of different ways to go with this one, with multiple juicy games against playoff teams sitting on the schedule.
This list attempts to rank the eight home games in order of their likelihood to be scheduled for that game. It takes into account rivalries, quality of matchup, storylines and general interest in the respective teams.
We know one of these teams will get the call for the regular-season opener—and only the NFL knows for sure who that will be. With no further ado, however, here are the eight most likely opponents for the home opener.