The 49ers will be spending Halloween in
The NFL announced this morning the 49ers will give up a game at
The game will televised by CBS, beginning at 10 a.m., Pacific time. (For those keeping score, that’s 5 p.m. in the
“For the past three years we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in the
Niners sources thought the club might face the Philadelphia Eagles. But the NFL decided to pair the 49ers against the Denver Broncos, giving the “home team” only a one time-zone disadvantage.
In statements through the team, key members of the organization reacted enthusiastically to the news. But what would you expect from a team coached by a man who said he doesn’t care if they play in a parking lot?
“The 49ers organization is excited to be part of the NFL’s 2010 international schedule,” 49ers President and CEO Jed York said. “
This will be the 49ers’ third game in Wembley Stadium, but the first one that actually counts in the standings. The organization’s two previous trips (1992 and 1988) were exhibition games.
This should fulfill the 49ers’ requirement to give up a home game to play overseas. Every team is required to give up a home game over a period of time to “host” an international game. The 49ers wanted to give up a home game while they were still playing in antiquated Candlestick Park.
“I am thrilled about the chance to represent the NFL internationally,” 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. “I have no doubt that our players will be ready to go. What a great opportunity it is for us to play in such a setting.”
Said Patrick Willis: “I’ve never been to
“I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since they started playing games over in
The rest of the 49ers’ schedule will be announced in the spring. The club expects to have a road game prior to its trip to
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One person who no question is happy that this game is taking place in London: Mike Nolan. As Broncos defensive coordinator, he is spared from making four trips through the lower deck at Candlestick to and from the coaches’ booth.
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49ers 2010 opponents
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