Let’s face it, the San Francisco 49ers are the most exciting team in the NFL. Any time this football team steps out on the field you have a chance to see Colin Kaepernick rush for 100 yards or Aldon Smith have 5 sacks. Their physical defense and dynamic offense make them the hottest ticket in the NFL this season, so every game is essentially a must-see game.
If for whatever reason you can’t see all 16 regular season games, don’t panic; here are the eight most interesting games on the 49ers schedule, so mark your calendars accordingly because you absolutely must watch the following games.
Week 1 vs. Green Bay
It’s opening kickoff and this is a rematch of last year’s divisional playoff game. Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, comes back home where his season ended last year with a blowout loss to the Niners. With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers have the ability to score points in bunches so the 49er defense will certainly be tested; especially the front seven, who will be tasked with getting to Rodgers.
Weeks 2 & 14 vs. Seattle
Young star quarterback vs. young star quarterback, the best two running attacks in the NFL, the two most physical defenses in the NFL and two brilliant coaches all in the same game(s). This is basically a mirror match of two very talented teams but the best thing about it is that both of these Super Bowl contenders absolutely hate each other. Every hit in both of these games will have bad intentions and the games should come down to the last few possessions.
Week 5 vs. Houston
Sunday Night Football will feature a possible Super Bowl preview between the Texans and the 49ers. Through the offseason, the two favorites to come out of the AFC have been the Denver Broncos and The New England Patriots, but both have sustained significant losses. Losing Elvis Dumervil (free agency) and Von Miller (suspended for the first 6 games) will impact the Broncos’ chances and we all know the circus surrounding the Patriots. The Texans have been getting better each of the last two seasons and their championship door, like the 49ers’, is wide open. J.J Watt and Ed Reed command the defense while the offense has enough firepower with the trio of Matt Shaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson.
Week 11 @ New Orleans
The 49ers come back to the “Big Easy” for the first time since last year’s Super Bowl loss and try pick up a win against a revamped Saints team. Drew Brees, who can throw for 350 yards in his sleep, will try to guide his team after a disappointing 2012 season. Sean Payton will be back calling plays for Saints after being suspended last year and will no doubt inject his team full of optimistic energy. If the Saints’ offense can get back to the level that it was a couple of years ago, then it should make for an explosive game.
Week 12 @ Washington
Monday Night Football features another battle a young quaterbacks between RGIII and Kaepernick. The Redskins look to improve on last year’s success and take control of a division that’s up for grabs. One of the hot topics this offseason has been the condition of Griffin’s knee, putting pressure on both running back Alfred Morris and the offensive line to protect the franchise’s top player. It will be interesting to see if RGIII does in fact change his game up a little to avoid injury especially in games against teams like the Niners where the defense gets after the quarterback.
Week 15 @ Tampa Bay
In week 15, the 49ers visit Dashon Goldson’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay signed the hard hitting safety in the offseason to go along with their acquisition of superstar conerback Darrelle Revis. With their improvement of their secondary, the Buccaneers will try to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season.
On offense, Doug Martin will try follow up last year’s stellar season with an even better one and Josh Freeman will try to lead the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Week 16 vs. Atlanta
Christmas comes early as the rematch of the NFC championship game between the 49ers and the Falcons takes place, this time at Candlestick. With playoff loses in each of the last three seasons (two at home), the Falcons appear to have gone all-in this season with the additions of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora. Tony Gonzalez also comes back one last time to get that elusive championship. Matt Ryan and the entire Falcon organization will surely be motivated to win one for the future Hall of Famer.