San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers – week by week


Sept. 7, at Dallas, 1:25 p.m., FOX 40: A weakened defense and a balky preseason conspire to give coach Jim Harbaugh his first opening-week loss as an NFL head coach. Big D may struggle on D, but Tony Romo and Co. still can put up a lot of points. Loss (0-1)


Sept. 14, vs. Chicago, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 3: The 49ers get a lift from the first true game in their new stadium – with brand-new sod! – and bounce back against the Bears despite Chicago’s outstanding wide receiver duo. Remember, Alshon Jeffery was available when the 49ers drafted A.J. Jenkins. Win (1-1)


Sept. 21, at Arizona, 1:05 p.m., FOX40: The 49ers needed a last-second field goal to win last year in Arizona. This time, it’s the home team that comes away with a narrow win. Loss (1-2)


Sept. 28, vs. Philadelphia, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: The 49ers’ revamped defense is starting to jell, but it’s not enough against Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and LeSean McCoy’s running. This game will look like Oregon-Stanford but with more narrow hash marks. Loss (1-3)


Oct. 5, vs. Kansas City, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: If the 49ers are coming off two straight losses, there’s a good chance Alex Smith gets a warmer ovation as a Chiefs player than he ever did with the 49ers. Smith, as he always does, puts up a good fight, but the 49ers send him back to Missouri with a loss. Win (2-3)


Oct. 13, at St. Louis, 5:30 p.m., ESPN: For the second straight game, the 49ers face an ex-quarterback, this time Shaun Hill, who has taken over for injured Sam Bradford. Hill shows spunk, but he’s outdueled by Colin Kaepernick in a close contest. Win (3-3)


Oct. 19, at Denver, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 3: Peyton Manning, the altitude and the back-to-back road games are too much for the 49ers. Manning promises to test San Francisco’s neophyte cornerbacks, and the 49ers head into their bye with a losing record. Loss (3-4)

WEEK 8 | Bye


Nov. 2, vs. St. Louis, 1:05 p.m., FOX40: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s return to the lineup gives the 49ers a jolt, and they even their record before embarking on the toughest two-game road stretch of the season. Win (4-4)


Nov. 9, at New Orleans, 10 a.m., FOX40: The 49ers felt ripped off in last year’s loss in the Superdome, and it becomes a rallying cry for this year’s game there. For the first time all season, San Francisco has a winning record. Win (5-4)


Nov. 16, at N.Y. Giants, 10 a.m., FOX40: The 49ers travel 11,000 miles in the two-week run-up to this game and lose a defensive struggle at the Meadowlands. Their longest winning streak ends at two games. Loss (5-5)


Nov. 23, vs. Washington, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: Washington hasn’t won on the road against San Francisco since 2004, and that dubious streak continues as the 49ers get a jump on preparation for their next game, just four days away. Win (6-5)


Nov. 27, vs. Seattle, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 3: If you’re feeling sleepy after all that heavy gravy and triptofan, this ought to wake you up: In the NFL’s in-season Super Bowl, the 49ers try to avenge last year’s exit from the playoffs. They succeed. Win (7-5)


Dec. 7, at Raiders, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: The 49ers have an extra three days to recover and then embark on their only trip that doesn’t involve a plane. Chances are good Harbaugh will be coaching one of these teams next season. Win (8-5)


Dec. 14, at Seattle, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: After nearly a full season, the 49ers look and feel like their true selves. Still, Seattle’s home-field advantage is worth 10 points. The Seahawks win the game and, more importantly, regain the home-field edge for the playoffs. Loss (8-6)


Dec. 20, vs. San Diego, 1:30 p.m., Ch. 13, NFL: Under this scenario, the 49ers need to win their final two games to make the playoffs. They get the first victory against San Diego, this time making sure to double team defensive tackle Corey Liuget. Win (9-6)


Dec. 28, vs. Arizona, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: For the third straight year, the 49ers close against the Cardinals. For the third straight season, they get a win. The 49ers are playoff-bound after winning seven of their final nine games. Win (10-6)