2017 San Francisco 49ers Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan answers questions from reporters during a media conference Friday, March 10, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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It's officially a new era for the San Francisco 49ers, and they now have the schedule they will be asked to navigate in head coach Kyle Shanahan's first season.  

San Francisco is coming off a 2-14 season and hasn't made the playoffs since the 2013 campaign. It is probably too early to ask Shanahan's bunch to compete for the postseason in 2017, but he did help lead the Atlanta Falcons to last season's Super Bowl as the offensive coordinator.

It will likely take some time to build that type of success in San Francisco, but Shanahan has his first-year roadmap following Thursday's schedule release.

The schedule is courtesy of NFL.com.

                

Schedule

2017 San Francisco 49ers' Regular-Season Schedule
WeekDateOpponentTime (ET)TV
1Sept. 10Carolina Panthers4:25 p.m.FOX
2Sept. 17at Seattle Seahawks4:25 p.m.FOX
3Sept. 21Los Angeles Rams8:25 p.m.NFLN
4Oct. 1at Arizona Cardinals4:05 p.m.FOX
5Oct. 8at Indianapolis Colts1:00 p.m.FOX
6Oct. 15at Washington Redskins1:00 p.m.FOX
7Oct. 22Dallas Cowboys4:05 p.m.FOX
8Oct. 29at Philadelphia Eagles1:00 p.m.FOX
9Nov. 5Arizona Cardinals4:05 p.m.FOX
10Nov. 12New York Giants4:25 p.m.FOX
11N/ABye WeekN/AN/A
12Nov. 26Seattle Seahawks4:05 p.m.FOX
13Dec. 3at Chicago Bears1:00 p.m.CBS
14Dec. 10at Houston Texans1:00 p.m.FOX
15Dec. 17Tennessee Titans4:25 p.m.CBS
16Dec. 24Jacksonville Jaguars4:05 p.m.CBS
17Dec. 31at Los Angeles Rams4:25 p.m.FOX
Source: NFL.com

                 

Analysis

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER, 24: Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes up the middle during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The 49ers defeated the Rams 22-21. (P
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Shanahan won't be the only new face in the Bay Area. Colin Kaepernick is no longer the quarterback, and the team signed veteran Brian Hoyer to at least strive for consistency under center after it finished dead last in the league in passing yards per game in 2016.

All isn't dire for the 49ers considering they were an impressive fourth in the league in rushing yards per game last season. Running back Carlos Hyde will be just 26 years old for the majority of the 2017 season, and Shanahan will likely look to ride his young playmaker against this schedule.

The 49ers accomplished those rushing yardage totals even with the worst run-blocking offensive line in the league, per Football Outsiders. What's more, the team's defense finished dead last in the league in points allowed per game.

While Shanahan can build on the rushing attack, the 49ers need to make significant strides in a number of areas to realistically compete against the newly released schedule.

                

Pivotal Matchups

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to get his pass off under pressure from Carl Bradford #45 of the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on January 1, 2017 in
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San Francisco probably isn't going to make unexpected noise in the division without notching at least one head-to-head win against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks captured three of the last four NFC West crowns and have established themselves as annual Super Bowl contenders under head coach Pete Carroll. Quarterback Russell Wilson is one of the best signal-callers in the league, and the defense will prove daunting against Hoyer and Co. in their two matchups.

Below Seattle, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 7-8-1 campaign. Despite last season's poor record, they are not far removed from a 13-3 mark and NFC Championship Game appearance during the 2015 season and still have David Johnson in the backfield and Larry Fitzgerald catching passes.

Surpassing Seattle may be too optimistic of a goal for Shanahan's first season, but San Francisco also has two chances to beat Arizona in the division.

Unless they surprise, the 49ers will be battling more on the bottom of the NFC for incremental improvement. They play a team in the Chicago Bears this season that is in a similar position. That showdown will likely go a long way toward seeing which one takes a bigger step record-wise this year, although the loser will have more favorable draft position.