The San Francisco 49ers have two games remaining, and while many are focused on improving draft position with those games, there is also the impact on the 2015 schedule. Thanks to the NFL scheduling rules, we know 14 of the 49ers 16 games. The final two games will be determined over the next two weeks, at which point we will post the full schedule.
Here is how the schedule shakes out for now:
|49ers 2015 opponents|
|NFC South||@ NFC East|
|Baltimore Ravens||@ Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Cincinnati Bengals||@ Cleveland Browns|
|Green Bay Packers||@ Chicago Bears|
|Minnesota Vikings||@ Detroit Lions|
|Arizona Cardinals||@ Arizona Cardinals|
|St. Louis Rams||@ St. Louis Rams|
|Seattle Seahawks||@ Seattle Seahawks|
The 49ers are currently in third place in the NFC West, one game ahead of the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers close out the season at home against the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals. The Rams close out the season at home against the New York Giants, and on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. For purposes of scheduling, the two teams split their season series. The next tiebreaker would be divisional record. As it currently stands, the 49ers are 1-4, and the Rams are 2-3. If the 49ers lost out and the Rams won this week and lost next week, the 49ers would drop into last place due to divisional record.
Based on current standings, the 49ers would host the Atlanta Falcons, and travel to face the New York Giants. Due to the current NFC East standings, the 49ers NFC East opponent can only be the Giants or Washington. On the other hand, they could end up facing any of the four NFC South teams.
One thing we do know for certain: the 49ers will not have to face the Saints in the Superdome. They could host them at Levi's Stadium, but they cannot play in the Superdome in the 2015 regular season!