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49ers 2014 Schedule: Game by Game analysis

The 2014 season will open Levi's Stadium
The 2014 season will open Levi's Stadium
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The 49ers schedule was released yesterday evening, which signifies the new 2014 season. Besides their division rivals, San Francisco will be playing the AFC West and NFC East this year. Here is a rundown of each game on the 49ers schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7 at Dallas Cowboys 1:25 p.m. on FOX

The 49ers will be playing the Cowboys for the first time since 2011, where Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a 27-24 win in overtime their last meeting. Dallas overcame a 10-point deficit before a 77-yard pass to Jesse Holley setup the game winning field goal in overtime. This will be the first time the 49ers play a regular season game in AT&T Stadium.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14 vs. Chicago Bears 5:30 p.m. on NBC

The Levi's Stadium home opener will take place in prime time against the Chicago Bears. This is the third consecutive year that the 49ers will be playing Week 2 on Sunday Night Football. In the previous meeting with Chicago in 2012, Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks and Colin Kaepernick made his first career start which ended up being a 32-7 rout over the Bears. Jim Harbaugh previously played quarterback for the Chicago Bears and their current head coach Marc Trestman was once a 49ers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1995-1996.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21 at Arizona Cardinals 1:05 p.m. on FOX

The last time these two teams saw each other, it came down to a field goal at the end of regulation by Phil Dawson. Carson Palmer had 705 passing yards in two meetings against the 49ers last season and will see the new secondary of San Francisco in Week 3 for the first divisional game. Arizona had a 10-6 record last year behind one of the top defenses in the league. Bruce Arians will look to build on it and make a statement early in the season.

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 1:25 p.m. on FOX

This will be the first time the 49ers will face Chip Kelly as he enters his second season as NFL head coach. Jim Harbaugh faced Kelly twice while both coaches were at Stanford and Oregon respectively. Each coach has beaten each other once in that time where LaMichael James dominated Stanford in 2010, Harbaugh's last season.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 1:25 p.m. on CBS

Alex Smith returns to the Bay Area wearing red, except this time in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform. The 49ers acquired draft picks from the Chiefs which included a second round pick in the upcoming draft. They also used one pick on Tank Carradine as well as acquiring a third-round pick when trading down for him. San Francisco hopes that Carradine will be healthy by then as he spent last year on the sidelines.

Week 6: Monday, Oct. 13 at St. Louis Rams 5:30 p.m. on ESPN

The 49ers play their only Monday Night Football game of the season against the longtime division rival St. Louis Rams. This will be the second straight season where the 49ers will see the Rams in prime time. What will be interesting is to see who the Rams take in the 2014 NFL Draft as they own by the 2nd (Robert Griffin III trade) and 13th overall picks. The Rams have one of the most intimidating defensive lines with Robert Quinn and Chris Long leading the way.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19 at Denver Broncos 5:30 p.m. on NBC

The 49ers were initially "evaluating" Peyton Manning as Jim Harbaugh said in 2012 during free agency. Now, Manning will get to face the team he turned down as the 49ers moved in another direction drafting Colin Kaepernick. Manning vs. Kaepernick will bring a mix of the old and young for this prime time special.

Week 8: BYE WEEK

Note: In the last two seasons, the 49ers previously had the bye week right at the midpoint in Week 9.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2 vs. St. Louis Rams 1:05 p.m. on FOX

The 49ers will see the Rams twice in a span of four weeks and will finish playing them before even facing the Seahawks.

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9 at New Orleans Saints 10:00 a.m. on FOX

San Francisco returns to the scene of Super Bowl XLVII and a rematch of last year's controversial game against the Saints. A potentially game-ending sack by Ahmad Brooks on Drew Breeswas called as a personal foul penalty which kept the Saints alive where they won on a final second field goal. Former 49ers and current Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner previously wanted revenge after the hit on Brees even though the game passed two weeks later. While Whitner is not with the team, the 49ers should still be hungry for a win after they failed to get home field advantage in the playoffs with last year's loss.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16 at New York Giants 10:00 a.m. on FOX

The New York Giants will see the 49ers for the first time since the 2012, where Eli Manning and the defense won 26-3 in Candlestick Park. This will be the first time the 49ers play in MetLife Stadium vs. the New York Giants in team history. Previously, they saw the New York Jets in the 2012 season. Last season, the Giants were 7-9 with Manning having trouble throwing more interceptions than usual. After an 0-6 start to the season, they finished 7-3 under Tom Coughlin.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Washington Redskins 1:25 p.m. on CBS

The 49ers saw Robert Griffin III in an easy 27-6 rout last season. This year, the Redskins look to be committed to their quarterback with Mike Shanahan fired and Jay Gruden stepping in as head coach. The most notable addition to the Redskins offense is WR DeSean Jackson, who was released from Philadelphia last month. Griffin expects to be healthy this time around after recovering from a knee injury which he suffered in the 2012 Divisional playoffs.

Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 27 vs. Seattle Seahawks 5:30 p.m. on NBC

This will be the latest in the season that the Seahawks and 49ers face each other in Week 13. It will be the first time that Michael Crabtree, who was called a "sorry receiver" and "mediocre receiver" by Richard Sherman will be playing the Seahawks to prove his worth. The last time the 49ers played on Thanksgiving, it was a 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7 at Oakland Raiders 1:25 p.m. on FOX

The 49ers have not seen the Raiders in the preseason due to fan violence in the 2011 game at Candlestick Park. The question is, how heavy will security be for this game? The 49ers will also see their former cornerbacks on the opposing sideline with Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown signing short term contracts with the Raiders this offseason.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14 at Seattle Seahawks 1:25 p.m. on FOX

The 49ers will see Seattle twice in a span of three weeks. This game should not be flexed into Sunday Night Football with the game on Thanksgiving already on NBC.

Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 20 vs. San Diego Chargers 1:30 p.m. on CBS

The 49ers secondary will need to be ready against Phillip Rivers, who is coming off an elite season as the Chargers made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Keenan Allen was an offensive rookie of the year candidate last season with 71 receptions, 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. Arizona Cardinals 1:25 p.m. on FOX

This will be the third consecutive year that the 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 of the NFL season. Jim Harbaugh has a 5-1 record against the Cardinals as the 49ers coach.

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