The San Francisco 49ers found out their 2012 NFL schedule on Tuesday and, in a move reflective of their success last season, the team has been gifted quite a few games in primetime this season. Hopefully Alex Smith and the rest of San Francisco's success last season wasn't a fluke, as the schedule-makers did them no favors when slating this year's games.
The 49ers will open up with a three-game slate against the NFC North, two of which will come on the road, before heading into their Week 9 bye with a pair of primetime games against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. The second half of the season might not matter much if San Fran's unable to enter the bye week with momentum.
The team's full schedule is included below.
Week 1 at Green Bay Packers, Sunday Sept. 9, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 2 vs Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 4 at New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 5 vs Buffalo Bills Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m. (CBS)
Week 6 vs New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 14, 115: p.m. (FOX)
Week 7 vs Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:20 p.m. (NFL Network Primetime)
Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 10 vs St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11 vs Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 12 at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13 at St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 2, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
Week 15 at New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17 vs Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
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