The San Francisco 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Levi's Stadium, and it will mark the second time this season the team has sported their black alternate uniforms. The team wore the uniforms back in September for their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Along with the the black uniforms, the team paints the end zones black.
In case you do not remember what those uniforms look like, here is a photo gallery I put together back in May. Yep, Colin Kaepernick was prominently featured in the uniform unveiling.
Opinions have been mixed on the black alternate uniforms. This is not surprising, as a change in uniform is almost never universally loved. I like them for the most part, but I would have liked to see some gold trim around the numbers. I attended the Vikings game up in the press box, and it was darn near impossible to figure out which player was which. The numbers simply did not stand out, and red on black seemed particularly tough without the trim outlining the numbers.
Nonetheless, I like the general idea with the black alternates, even if it is strictly a cash push by the franchise and the league. The most popular selling A's jersey was the black alternates they wore in the early part of the '00s, and I imagine these black jerseys are selling really well, even as the team struggles on the field.