The San Francisco 49ers schedule was finalized when the 2015 regular season came to an end. However, due to Tuesday's relocation news, there is a slight change! The St. Louis Rams will now be the Los Angeles Rams, which has a sizable impact on the 49ers travel plans. When the Rams were in St. Louis, the 49ers had a 1,742 mile one-way trip to St. Louis. A trip to Los Angeles by comparison is 308 miles one-way. And of course, it's in the same time zone, removing one of the 10:00 a.m. games the 49ers usually have.
The Rams switch removes 1,434 in one-way travel miles, and 2,868 in roundtrip miles. With the change, the 49ers air miles are now 12,664 one-way and 25,328 roundtrip. Here is a look at the 49ers air miles the last five seasons:
The 2014 number included a road game in Oakland, but that was also a season in which they had one game east of St. Louis and New Orleans. They faced the New York Giants that year, but otherwise had as friendly a travel scheduled as they have had in some time.
Here are the air miles to airports for their 2016 opponents. They face the AFC East, but they also face the NFC South, which is essentially the NFC Southeast. They still will be among the NFL's leaders in travel many seasons, but their total numbers are going to come down a little bit.
To Phoenix: 620 one-way, 1240 roundtrip
To LAX: 308 one-way, 616 roundtrip
To Seattle: 696 one-way, 1392 roundtrip
To Atlanta: 2110 one-way, 4220 roundtrip
To Charlotte: 2270 one-way, 4540 roundtrip
To Buffalo: 2290 one-way, 4580 roundtrip
To Miami: 2550 one-way, 5100 roundtrip
To Chicago: 1820 one-way, 3640 roundtrip
Home opponents: Arizona, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, New England, NY Jets, Dallas
Away opponents: Arizona, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago