Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30
TV announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake
Local radio announcers: Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan (affiliates)
Spanish radio announcers: Jesús Zárate, Gabriel Sotelo
Armed Forces Network-Europe: None
United Kingdom (NFL UK): NFL Game Pass
Canada (TSN): None
TV map: Blue on broadcast map (via 506sports.com)
The NFL announced the regular season schedule back in April, but unlike other sports, the television schedule is less clear. We know about the primetime games, but the FOX and CBS Sunday broadcast regions are not known until game week. We know the San Francisco 49ers will play the majority of their games on FOX, but we have to wait until Wednesday of game week for our friends at 506Sports.com to offer some clarity on where the game will show up.
This year, the play nine Sunday games on FOX and two on CBS. They play their Thursday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders on FOX, while being simulcast on NFL Network. They also play two Sunday Night Football game on NBC, and two Monday Night Football games on ESPN.
Over the course of the season, I will update this post each week with information on the television broadcast. I’ll have the details on who is calling the game, but also details on what regions will get the broadcast. We usually post the broadcast map on Wednesday, but I’m going to switch to pinning this to the front page and updating it each week. That way you can bookmark one article and check back each Wednesday afternoon.
Week 1: @ Minnesota Vikings (FOX) — 24-16 LOSS
Jimmy Garoppolo completed 15 of 33 passes for 261 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris split rushing work, combining for 84 yards on 23 carries. George Kittle led the team in receiving, with five receptions and 90 receiving yards. Fred Warner led the team with 12 tackles, including one for a loss and a forced fumble. DeForest Buckner led the team with 2.5 sacks and three quarterback hits.
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions (FOX) — 30-27 WIN
The 49ers won a wild one, holding on in spite of a late Lions comeback attempt. Jimmy Garoppolo completed 18 of 26 passes 206 yards and two touchdowns, but also was sacked six times. Most were coverage sacks where he could have worked to throw the ball away a little better. Matt Breida was the offensive start of the game, rushing 11 times for 138 yards and a touchdown, with the highlight coming on his 66-yard touchdown. Garrett Celek got into the end zone, and Perre Garçon led the team with four receptions for 57 yards. On defense, Elijah Lee had 12 tackles and a sack, Fred Warner had ten tackles, and DeForest Buckner had five tackles and a sack, bringing his season total to 3.5 sacks. The big play on special teams saw D.J. Reed run back a kick 90 yards. It would have been a touchdown, but he grabbed an opponent’s face mask.
Week 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs (FOX) — 38-27 LOSS
The 49ers suffered a devastating defeat to the Chiefs. The loss itself hurt, but worse was the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL. The 49ers were attempting to mount a comeback from a 35-7 deficit, and had a chance to cut the lead to one score in the fourth quarter. However, on a 3rd and goal scramble, Garoppolo’s knee buckled and he went down with the injury. The 49ers settled for a field goal on the drive, but never got the ball back as time ticked down. They dropped to 1-2 with the loss.
Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers (CBS) — 29-27 LOSS
C.J. Beathard made his first start of 2018 in place of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, and looked solid. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 298 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The first interception was a drop by Garrett Celek, and the second came amidst a significant pass rush to close out the game. The 49ers blew a 14-0 lead and a 17-6 lead, but had a shot late to win it. They took a one-point lead, only to give up the eventual game-winning field goal. The defensive play of the game came from safety Antone Exum, who ran back a pick-six on the third play of the game.
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals (FOX) — 28-18 LOSS
The 49ers suffered a brutal defeat in Week 5. They dominated much of the stat board, more than doubling the Cardinals in total yards, and securing more than three times as many third downs. However, five turnovers by the offense and no takeaways by the defense resulted in the loss.
Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers (ESPN) — 33-30 LOSS
The 49ers lost a heart-breaker in Week 6, with Aaron Rodgers driving Green Bay down the field to close the game with a field goal as time expired. The Packers took control of the game in the first quarter, but the C.J. Beathard-Marquise Goodwin connection got the 49ers back into it. They led 24-20 at halftime, and maintained their lead into the back end of the fourth quarter. However, Aaron Rodgers was too much for the 49ers defense, while San Francisco’s offense ran out of gas. The team dropped to 1-5 with the loss.
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams (CBS) — 39-10 LOSS
Four turnovers will hurt you against anybody. Four turnovers against arguably the best team in the NFL, and this is what happens. The 49ers looked like they might keep things close early, but Aaron Donald & Co. did some bad things to the 49ers offense. It was a whole lot of Aaron Donald, who claimed defensive player of the week honors with his four sack performance.
Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals (FOX) — 18-15 LOSS
The 49ers dropped to 1-7 on a last-second loss in Glendale. The 49ers took a 15-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, only to give up 15 unanswered points in the loss. Josh Rosen found Christian Kirk for the game-winning 9-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds left. The 49ers drove to the Cardinals 45 before a bad snap resulted in Beathard having to chuck it wildly incomplete.
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders (FOX/Amazon Prime) — 34-3 WIN
The 49ers finally got a win again, improving to 2-7. Nick Mullens had a wildly unexpected debut, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. The defense dominated the Raiders to the tune of seven sacks. Oakland got on the board first with a field goal, but it was all downhill from there and Mullens Magic is officially underway.
Week 10: vs. New York Giants (ESPN) — 27-23 LOSS
The 49ers looked ready to claim their third win of the season, leading the Giants 20-10 in the third quarter. However, the Giants rolled down on their final drive to take a 27-23 lead with 53 seconds left. Nick Mullens got the 49ers to the Giants 21, but a bad officiating decision cost them a timeout, and he threw the ball out of the end zone as time expired in the loss.
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX) — 27-9 LOSS
The 49ers looked like they would be competitive, trailing 7-6 and 13-9 in this game, but things went south in the second half. Nick Mullens had his worst start to date, throwing two interceptions and getting sacked four times. Matt Breida was the highlight for the team, finishing with 106 yards on 14 carries, and catching three passes for 34 yards.
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks (FOX) — 43-16 LOSS
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos (CBS) — 20-14 WIN
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks (FOX) — 26-23 OT WIN
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears (FOX) — 14-9 LOSS
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30