49ers get five prime-time games; Raiders get one

Published: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 6:36 am

SANTA CLARA – After surrendering an NFL-record 181 rushing yards to quarterback Colin Kaepernick in January, the Green Bay Packers coaching staff turned to the college ranks this offseason for a tutorial on how to stop the read-option attack.

They'll find out quickly whether the lessons sunk in.

For the second consecutive season, the 49ers and Packers will meet in the season opener. With Alex Smith at quarterback last year, the 49ers beat the Packers 30-22 at Lambeau Field in Week 1.

This time, the game is at Candlestick Park, where three months ago Kaepernick and the 49ers rolled up 579 yards on offense in a 45-31 playoff win over the Packers.

This is the final year the 49ers will play at Candlestick, their home since 1971. In 2014, they'll move into their still-to-be-named, $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara.

The team's final game in the venerable building will be Dec. 23 on "Monday Night Football" against the Atlanta Falcons, a rematch of last season's NFC title game.

The 49ers this season will play five games in prime time – two on Monday night, two on Sunday night and one on Thursday. They'll play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Oct. 27, a game that will be televised at 10 a.m. Pacific. The 49ers play the Titans in Nashville the week prior, and they are expected to fly to the United Kingdom from Tennessee.

The Raiders will play once in prime time – a Monday night game Sept. 23 in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

The Raiders also will visit the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the second time in four years they will have been featured in the holiday game.

Oakland lost 24-7 to the Cowboys in 2009.

The Raiders, who won four games in 2012, open the season in Indianapolis against second-year quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts.

For the 49ers, the season will be a bit of a reunion tour. They'll visit former quarterback Smith and the Kansas Chiefs during the exhibition season. During the regular season, Luck, former 49ers defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and the Colts will visit Candlestick in Week 3.

In Week 15, the 49ers visit Tampa Bay and former safety Dashon Goldson, who signed a lucrative, long-term contract with the Buccaneers after struggling for years to negotiate a contract with the 49ers.

The 49ers will experience the downside to playing in the Super Bowl last season: They play the league's best teams early in the season. Four of their first five games will be against 2012 playoff teams – Green Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis and Houston.

Tight end added – The 49ers signed former Seattle tight end Cameron Morrah to a one-year deal. Morrah, who played at Cal, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2009.

He was released before the 2012 season with a toe injury and did not play last season. He joins two other tight ends – Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek – on the 49ers' roster.

The team is expected to draft a tight end next week.

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320. Follow him on Twitter @mattbarrows.

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