The 49ers play on “Monday Night Football” twice this season, including a Week 2 game at Candlestick Park against the New Orleans Saints. They travel to Arizona later in the season for a Monday nighter Nov. 29 against the Cardinals.
They also play a Sunday night game, Oct. 10, at Candlestick against the Philadelphia Eagles, and have a Thursday night game, Dec. 16, at San Diego.
“This time of year is exciting for the fans as well as the players and coaches,” 49ers coach Mike Singletary said in a statement. “I am excited that our fans will have an opportunity to see us play some pretty good competition at home on a big stage early in the year. I am very excited that the country gets to see our players and how the 49ers play football.
“We feel very good about having four opportunities to play in prime time, and I think our players have earned the right to be seen. This is a big year for us in many ways. We need to continue to prepare and focus on the things we can control.”
Here is a look at the 49ers’ 2010 regular-season schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 12 – At Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (Fox): The 49ers return to the scene of their most crippling loss. A fumbled reverse on a punt started a downward spiral. And when it was over, the 49ers could kiss their playoff hopes good-bye. The 49ers opened against the Cardinals the four previous seasons.
Monday, Sept. 20 – Vs. New Orleans, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN): The defending Super Bowl champs come to town. The 49ers have lost five consecutive games to the Saints.
Sunday, Sept. 26 – At Kansas City, 10 a.m. (Fox): The last time the 49ers went to Arrowhead Stadium and won a game was 1982. The Chiefs outscored the 49ers 85-19 in the past two games in Kansas City.
Sunday, Oct. 3 – At Atlanta, 10 a.m. (Fox): After their 45-10 thrashing of the 49ers last season, the Falcons might feel as if they can send the junior varsity out for this game at the Georgia Dome.
Sunday, Oct. 10 – Vs. Philadelphia, 5:20 p.m. (NBC): Donovan McNabb averaged 306 yards passing and the Eagles averaged 37 points per game against the 49ers in the past four meetings between the clubs. The 49ers aren’t disappointed Kevin Kolb is taking over for McNabb, who was shipped to Washington.
Sunday, Oct. 17 – Vs. Oakland, 1:05 p.m. (CBS): It’s been a rough patch for the Bay Area teams since 2002, when both organizations made the playoffs with the Raiders going the Super Bowl. The 49ers haven’t had a winning record, but they’ve reached seven wins twice and eight victories last year. The Raiders have gone seven straight seasons with at least 11 defeats.
Sunday, Oct. 24 – At Carolina, 10 a.m. (Fox): The Matt Moore era has started with the Panthers, as quarterback Jake Delhomme has been banished to Cleveland after seven seasons as the starter in Carolina. This is the beginning of a long road trip, as the 49ers will leave right after this game for the U.K.
Sunday, Oct. 31 – vs. Denver (London), 10 a.m. (CBS): The 49ers played the NFL’s first regular-season game outside the U.S. when they went to Mexico City in 2005. They gave up a scheduled home game this season to play in famed Wembley Stadium.
Sunday, Nov. 7 – Bye week.
Sunday, Nov. 14 – Vs. St. Louis, 1:15 p.m. (Fox): Will the 49ers face rookie quarterback Sam Bradford? The word is that the Rams are doing everything possible to trade out of the No. 1 overall pick with the draft less than two days away.
Sunday, Nov. 21 – Vs. Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m. (Fox): Remember that game in 1980 when the Bucs came to Candlestick and beat the 49ers 24-23? Well, neither do I. But in 12 meetings between these teams that have taken place in San Francisco, that’s the only time Tampa was victorious. The early line has the 49ers as a 7.5-point favorite.
Monday, Nov. 29 – At Arizona, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN): The 49ers take to the Monday night stage again. It’s a different-looking Cardinals team the 49ers will travel to face in the desert with no Kurt Warner and no Anquan Boldin.
Sunday, Dec. 5 – At Green Bay, 10 a.m. (Fox): The 49ers return to Lambeau Field, and Aaron Rodgers is already salivating.
Sunday, Dec. 12 – Vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m. (Fox): It’s Pete Carroll’s return to the Bay Area. Maybe he can squeeze in a dinner date with his buddy, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
Thursday, Dec. 16 – At San Diego, 5:20 p.m. (NFL Network): Yes, Norv Turner is still the Chargers’ coach. Oh, how things might have been different if this Chargers job had not come along after his one season as 49ers offensive coordinator in 2006 . . .
Sunday, Dec. 26 – At St. Louis, 10 a.m. (Fox): The 49ers have won three in a row in St. Louis and four of their past five along the banks of the Mississippi River. Thank goodness they play in a dome. It’ll be really cold outside.
Sunday, Jan. 2 – Vs. Arizona, 1:15 p.m. (Fox): The 49ers put together their best all-around performance a year ago against the Cardinals at Candlestick in a Monday night game. They didn’t open against the Cardinals this year, but at least they finish with them.
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As part of the National Football League’s agreement with NBC to televise Sunday Night Football, the NFL has implemented a flexible schedule for Sunday start times for the final eight weeks of the season. This will allow the NFL to bring more attractive games to a national audience late in the season. If any of the 49ers games are moved from the original start time, fans will be notified 12 days prior to the date of the game with the exception of a Week 17 game, where the notification will be six days to ensure a Sunday Night game with playoff implications.
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49ers’ 2010 exhibition schedule
Sunday, Aug. 15 – At Indianapolis, 10 a.m. (CBS, Channel 5)
Sunday, Aug. 22 – Vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m. (NBC)
Week 3 – At Oakland, TBA (CBS, Channel 5)
Thursday, Sept. 2 – Vs. San Diego, 7 p.m. (CBS, Channel 5)
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