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San Francisco 49ers 2012 Schedule: Dates & Times

After months of waiting, the 2012 NFL schedule is officially official and we can start spending the next three months mindlessly breaking down the 49ers 2012 schedule. There are a million and one things to discuss in regards to the 49ers schedule, but for now I wanted to just get the schedule up with a few quick thoughts. Head after the jump to check out the full 16-game schedule. All times are Pacific.

I like the idea of opening the season against the Green Bay Packers. In the recent past it seems like we've seen the 49ers face the Cardinals or Seahawks. Those are pertinent matchups, but obviously the Packers re more high profile, and present a bigger challenge. Week one does not allow for a lot of conclusions about the season, but when you play one of the favorites in the conference, you learn something about yourself.

The 49ers will be playing in primetime for five games including home games against the Detroit Lions (SNF), Seattle Seahawks (TNF) and Chicago Bears (MNF). They will travel to the Arizona Cardinals (MNF) and New England Patriots (SNF). It is worth noting that Sunday night game against the Patriots will be on December 16 in Foxboro. It might be a wee bit chilly.

Week 1: @ Green Bay Packers - Sunday September 9, 1:15pm FOX

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions - Sunday September 16, 5:20pm NBC

Week 3: @ Minnesota Vikings - Sunday September 23, 10:00am FOX

Week 4: @New York Jets - Sunday September 30, 10:00am FOX

Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills - Sunday October 7, 1:15pm CBS

Week 6: vs. New York Giants - Sunday October 14, 1:15pm FOX

Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Thursday, October 18, 5:20pm NFL Network

Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals - Monday October 29, 5:30pm ESPN

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday November 11, 1:15pm FOX

Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears - Monday November 19, 5:30pm ESPN

Week 12: @ New Orleans Saints - Sunday November 25, 1:15pm FOX

Week 13: @ St. Louis Rams - Sunday December 2, 10:00am FOX

Week 14: vs. Miami Dolphins - Sunday December 9, 1:05pm CBS

Week 15: @ New England Patriots - Sunday December 16, 5:20pm NBC

Week 16: @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday December 23, 1:15pm FOX

Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday December 30, 1:15pm FOX