Welcome to Levi's Stadium! The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos kick off the first NFL game in Levi's Stadium's brief history. We'll learn more about some of the quirks as they affect the game, while we are also still learning what we can about the 49ers 90-man roster.
We've got some good news about the televised broadcast of the game. NFL Network is providing national coverage of the game, and the original plan was to have Ari Wolfe and Kurt Warner once again call the game from NFL Network studios in Los Angeles. Fortunately, NFL Network changed their minds, and will instead carry the 49ers broadcast feed. That means we will get Ted Robinson on the play-by-play, with Tim Ryan handling color and Dennis O'Donnell handling sideline work.
And more importantly, it means we will hear announcers actually at the game. The whole notion of having announcers broadcast a game from a studio hundreds of miles away is absurd. I would hope they had the announcers in the studio last week because they could not get a booth at the Ravens stadium. If they could get a booth and just figured they would save money, that's ridiculous. We appreciate the 49ers getting on national television, but it would be nice to see some better quality. Thankfully, that should not be a concern this week.
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. PT
TV: KPIX (CBS-5); NFL Network
Announcers: CBS: Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan, Dennis O'Donnell; NFLN: 49ers broadcast
The Bay Area will get the game on channel 5, but the game will also broadcast elsewhere in California, Oregon and Nevada. Our friends at 506sports.com do a fantastic job breaking down where you can watch a given game.
KPIX (CBS/5 - San Francisco)
KOVR (CBS/13 - Sacramento)
KION (CBS/46 - Monterey CA)
KSBY (NBC/6 - San Luis Obispo CA)
KFRE (CW/59 - Fresno)
KERO (ABC/23 - Bakersfield CA)
KLAS (CBS/8 - Las Vegas)
KOLO (ABC/8 - Reno NV)
KCVU (FOX/30 - Chico CA)
KBVU (FOX/29 - Eureka CA)
KMVU (FOX/26 - Medford OR)
KVAL (CBS/13 - Eugene OR)
KTVZ (NBC/21 - Bend OR)
KITV (ABC/4 - Honolulu) [TD]
Live Online Stream: If you are not in one of these markets your next best option will be NFL.com/preseasonlive. For $20, you can watch all the preseason games live, or on replay. There are also illegal streams online, but I cannot promote them, and please do not post them in the comments of this post.
NFL Network Replay: August 19 9:00 p.m. PT, August 20 1:00 p.m. PT
49ers Radio Network: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 FM - Bob Fitzgerald, Keena Turner
Spanish Radio: KTRB 680 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
49ers Radio Affiliate Network
Enemy blog: Mile High Report
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For tonight's game, there won't be an "inactive" list before the game, but we've got a good idea of who probably will not be playing. They break down as follows:
PUP: LB NaVorro Bowman (knee), TE Garrett Celek (back), DL Kaleb Ramsey (NA)
NFI: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring), FB Trey Millard (knee), CB Keith Reaser (knee) and G Brandon Thomas (knee)
Additionally, we know Alex Boone will not be in attendance due to his contract dispute.
There are also going to be players who do not play due to a variety of injuries. Ian Williams was activated off the PUP list, but with this being his first week back, I would not be surprised to see him sit. LaMichael James is continuing his recovery from a dislocated elbow. He sounds ready to play, but I think we'll see him sit one more week. Tramaine Brock will not play as he wraps up his rehab from an ankle injury, and Anthony Davis will likely sit out until the start of the season.
Michael Crabtree, Brandon Lloyd, Justin Smith, and Ray McDonald are a group of guys that could see some playing time on Sunday, but it's hard to tell for sure. They have gotten into full practices, but it has only been this week.
Among 100 percent healthy players, Frank Gore is the most likely not to play.
Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens - 49ers lose 23-3
Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos (Aug. 17, 1 p.m., CBS, NFL Network)
Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers (Aug. 24, 1 p.m., FOX)
Week 4: at Houston Texans (Aug. 28, 5 p.m., CBS)
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