clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How many primetime games will 49ers play in 2021?

The 49ers had five night games scheduled last season but two wound up being flexed out.

Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

We will find out the San Francisco 49ers’ full 2021 schedule when the NFL releases the complete list of matchups over the 18-week season.

With a talented roster, the Niners are considered one of the favorites of the NFC. The team is loaded with star power, with Nick Bosa, George Kittle, Fred Warner and Trent Williams making up the core of the squad.

The 49ers are also one of the NFL’s signature franchises. Under former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., San Francisco had a dominant two-decade run that saw the team claim five Lombardi Trophies.

That run helped bring in legions of fans, and the Niners remain of the league’s most popular clubs. After the team had a resurgent season in 2019, the league originally scheduled the 49ers to play five primetime games in 2020.

Because both teams were struggling, the Niners’ Week 15 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys was flexed-out of Sunday Night Football, dropping the total night games to four.

The 2021 campaign will be the first time NFL teams will play 17 regular season games. We know who San Francisco’s opponents will be next season.

Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons.

Away: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals.

The Niners should get four or the NFL maximum of five primetime games in 2021. San Francisco is considered one of the favorites in the NFC West. With the Rams acquiring veteran QB Matthew Stafford this offseason, we should see the two teams play on primetime once again.

The rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks is among the best in the league. We saw the two clubs play two tightly-contests matchups in primetime during the 2019 season. Given the animosity between the franchises, the NFL could certainly feature the two teams during another night game in 2021.

My prediction is that the Niners will get four primetime games next season. One game each against L.A. and Seattle, plus the matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, are my choices.

How many primetime matchups do you think the 49ers will get this season? Which opponents do you think San Francisco will play in night games? Let us know in the comments below!