The San Francisco 49ers - and the rest of the NFL - released their schedule to the masses on April 17, 2012. Perhaps it was the NFL's gift to America on the day taxes were supposed to be filed or perhaps it was a simple coincidence. Regardless, it still gave my friends and I something to discuss about the 49ers - and that can make any day just a little better.
Upon first glance, the 2012 NFL schedule looked manageable. There will be some challenges along the way, but after what the 49ers were able to do in 2011, we all had to expect that. After the Peyton Manning drama, before he landed with the Denver Broncos, it's time to get back to work and improve on a great season.
I do like the fact that the 49ers have their bye during Week 9. It splits the 49ers' schedule exactly in half and gives the team a better timeline to gauge their progress on the year.
In fact, upon further review it looks well-balanced and nicely laid out for the 49ers. Let's take a look at some of the matchups to look forward to in 2012:
Week 1 - 49ers at Green Bay Packers: This matchup is a test right out of the gates for the 49ers. 2005 NFL Draft picks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers - the two most oddly connected athletes, in my opinion - will face off with one another. The two players, who were "supposed" to be in opposite positions, will try and start their team off on the right foot. I like this matchup because the 49ers have to be prepared from day one and it forces them to do just that.
Week 6 - 49ers vs. New York Giants: This is the game I will be waiting to watch with high anticipation. It is my belief that had it not been for some unfortunate miscues on the part of the 49ers, they would have defeated the Giants in the 2011 NFC Championship Game. It was especially frustrating after the 49ers beat the Giants earlier in the year. This regular season matchup has much more emphasis on it than their Week 10 matchup in 2011.
Week 12 - 49ers at New Orleans Saints: The 49ers and Saints exchanged blows for probably the most exciting four minutes of football during their 2011 NFC Divisional Round matchup. Trading touchdowns, the 49ers got the last say with Alex Smith's touchdown pass to Vernon Davis. This time the Saints will look for things to go a little differently, despite the changes on their sideline. Head coach Sean Payton won't be around for the matchup and neither will defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Week 15 - 49ers at New England Patriots: Just as the 49ers begin the season with a tough challenge, so too will be their second-to-last game. This matchup will be a big one on the calendar for the 49ers and it's a game that certainly won't go unnoticed for either team. This matchup will also force the 49ers to stay hungry and humble as they make their way through the NFL season.
The 49ers will also be featured in four nationally televised games in 2012: Thursday, October 18 vs. the Seattle Seahawks; Monday, October 29 at the Arizona Cardinals; Monday, November 9 vs. the Chicago Bears; and Sunday, December 16 at the Patriots.
How do you feel about the 49ers' schedule for 2012? (For a look at the full schedule, visit 49ers.com.)
Full 2012 San Francisco 49ers Schedule (EST)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, Detroit, 8:20 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, NY Giants, 4:15 p.m.
Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 18, Seattle, 8:20 p.m.
Week 8: Monday, Oct. 29, at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.
Week 11: Monday, Nov. 19, Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, at New Orleans, 4:15 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, Miami, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, at New England, 8:20 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, Arizona, 4:15 p.m.
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