The San Francisco 49ers are about set to close out their preseason schedule for 2015. The team hosts the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, two days before final roster cuts are due. The 49ers cut down to 75 players on Monday, and will finalize their roster with Thursday's performances. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT, and will air on CBS-5 in the Bay Area. It will also broadcast nationally on NFL Network. An live online stream is available via NFL GamePass, including a 7-day free trial. It is important to note Game Pass will be blacked out in the Bay Area and San Diego.
Considering realistic expectations w/Jarryd Hayne
What kind of a player can he be this year? What kind of player can we hope he'll be this year?
The 49ers and Chargers have an extensive preseason history. They do not always play the final preseason game of the year, but it is a frequent part of the schedule. This game marks the 44th time these two teams have squared off when it does not matter. And we are stuck with a crazy late start to the game. Oh how I enjoy a 10 p.m. ET start! But hey, at least fans won't bake in the sun.
We are not expected to see very much of the 49ers starters on Thursday. I imagine some will get some playing time, but for the most part, this game is about the backups. We'll get a whole lot of Blaine Gabbert and Dylan Thompson. We'll see Kendall Hunter, Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne. Guys like Mike Purcell, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Shayne Skov and an assortment of the cornerbacks will see extensive time. It is truly for the diehards!
Nuts and bolts
Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Game time: Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS / KPIX-5 (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Bob Fitzgerald, Keena Turner) | Full listings
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero)
Matchup history: Preseason: 23-20 49ers; Regular season: 6-7 Chargers; Playoffs: 1-0 49ers
Announcers: Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan, Dennis O'Donnell (sideline)
Enemy blog: Bolts from the Blue
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans - 23-10 49ers loss
Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys - 23-6 49ers win
Week 3: @ Denver Broncos - 19-12 49ers loss
Week 4: vs. San Diego Chargers - September 3, 7 p.m. PT
Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings - Monday, September 14, 7:20 p.m. ESPN (MNF)
Week 2: @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 3: @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, September 27, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 4: vs. Green Bay Packers - Sunday, October 4, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 5: @ New York Giants - Sunday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. NBC (SNF)
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens - Sunday, October 18, 1:25 p.m. CBS
Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Thursday, October 22, 5:25 p.m. NFLN (TNF)
Week 8: @ St. Louis Rams - Sunday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 9: vs. Atlanta Falcons - Sunday, November 8, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, November 22, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, November 29, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears - Sunday, December December 6, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 14: @ Cleveland Browns - Sunday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday, December 20, 5:30 p.m. NBC (SNF)
Week 16: @ Detroit Lions - Sunday, December 27, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday, January 3, 1:25 p.m. FOX