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NFL 2011 Preseason Schedule Release: San Francisco 49ers Preseason Schedule

The NFL released the 2011 preseason schedule in spite of the fact that football might be delayed due to the current lockout. In fact, according to this article, a league source has indicated that the league would need at least three weeks to prepare for an exhibition game. This would mean the labor dispute would have to be resolved by July 21 for the first preseason game to be played as scheduled.

The 49ers preseason schedule features the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, and San Diego Chargers. According to, the games will be August 13, 20, 27, and September 1. They do not appear to have any nationally televised contests at this point, although I'd imagine that could possibly change at some point. In the meantime, all four games will be broadcast locally on CBS-5.

After the jump check out the full preseason schedule, along with notes on each opponent.


Preseason Week



Week 1 (August 11-15)

@ New Orleans Saints


Week 2

vs. Oakland Raiders


Week 3

vs. Houston Texans


Week 4

@ San Diego Chargers



  • It marks the first time the 49ers will play a preseason game in New Orleans.
  • The 49ers and Saints have met only twice during preseason play. In 1967, the Saints defeated the 49ers, 24-10, in a game played in Portland, OR. San Francisco evened up the preseason series with a 27-12 victory in 2003 at Candlestick Park.


  • The 49ers and Raiders all-time preseason series is tied at 19.
  • It marks the 11thconsecutive year in which the two teams have met in the preseason.
  • The 49ers defeated the Raiders, 28-24, in Oakland in 2010.
  • The 49ers hold an 11-8 preseason series lead over the Raiders when playing at Candlestick Park.


  • It marks the first preseason game between the 49ers and Texans.


  • San Diego leads the all-time preseason series 20-19.
  • It marks the 24thpreseason matchup in San Diego, with the Chargers holding a 16-7 series lead at home.