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49ers to open season on MNF against Vikings

The 49ers will open the season against the Minnesota Vikings. The picture above is from a preseason game in 2010 and features then-49ers quarterback Nate Davis
The 49ers will open the season against the Minnesota Vikings. The picture above is from a preseason game in 2010 and features then-49ers quarterback Nate Davis The Bee

The 49ers will open the season in prime time when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. The game will be the second of a double header of Monday games on the opening weekend, which has become the league's custom.

A year ago, the 49ers played five games in prime time. However, the only one at Levi's Stadium that came on a weekday night was on Thanksgiving. In the inaugural season for the stadium, league officials were worried about parking and traffic on week nights since the venue stands amidst office parks, which also supply some of the parking spaces.

Team CEO Jed York said last month at the owners meeting that the 49ers have been cleared to host weekday night games this season. The 49ers haven't faced the Vikings since 2012 when they lost 24-13 in Minnesota.

The 49ers have opened the season on a Monday six times. They’ve won 46 games on Monday Night Football, more than any team.

The 49ers also will host a prime time games Thursday, Oct. 22 against the Seahawks and Sunday, Dec. 20 against the Bengals. They will play at the Giants on Sunday, Oct. 11 in prime time.

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