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49ers schedule 2017: Dates, opponents, game times, tickets, and more

The 49ers have a particularly tough road trip early on.

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The 2017 NFL schedule has officially been released, and we’ve got all the details for when and where the San Francisco 49ers are playing their 16 games. Now we can say with certainty why the 49ers will go 16-0!

After back-to-back seasons of playing the late Monday Night Football game at home, followed by a trip east, things are a bit easier this time around. Not in terms of opponents, but in terms of travel. The 49ers open the schedule with a home game against the Carolina Panthers, and then follow that up with a trip north to face the Seattle Seahawks.

A notable early game on the schedule is a trip to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. That will be the team’s first game against the 49ers all-time rushing leader, Frank Gore. He currently sits No. 8 all time with 13,065 rushing yards. He needs 194 yards to move into seventh place, and 597 to move into sixth place. More than likely he’ll be somewhere in between those two when this game happens.

There are three separate intriguing stretches. The 49ers have a three-game road trip facing Arizona, Indianapolis and Washington in successive weeks. I don’t recall many three-game road trips on past schedules. I wonder if they’ll stay in Youngstown between Week 5 and Week 6?

The second is that they face three straight NFC East opponents Week 6-8, and the fourth two weeks later. Finally, they face three of their four AFC South opponents in successive December weeks.

The vote for potentially crappiest game goes to their Week 13 matchup vs. the Bears. This is the third straight season they’ve played the Bears in Week 13.

Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, September 10
Week 2: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, September 17
Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:25 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 21
Week 4: @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 1
Week 5: @ Indianapolis Colts, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, October 8
Week 6: @ Washington, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, October 15
Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 22
Week 8: @ Philadelphia Eagles, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, October 29
Week 9: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, November 5
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, November 12
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, November 26
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, December 3
Week 14: @ Houston Texans, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, December 10
Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 17
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 24
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 31

Primetime games: Week 3 vs. Los Angeles Rams (TNF)

Strength of schedule: .502 (14th most difficult)

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Flexible scheduling: NFL flex scheduling can occur as soon as Week 5. The most notable games are those moved into and out of Sunday Night Football, but we also see games rotated between early and late on the regular 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. time slots. It's worth noting that the NFL is only allowed to flex no more than two games between Week 5 and Week 10.