San Francisco 49ers Schedule Breakdown
The San Francisco 49ers will be settling into their newly constructed home at Levi’s Stadium this season after bidding farewell to Candlestick Park after the 2013 Season. After another deep run in the playoffs from Kaepernick and company, the 49ers are poised and determined to get back to the Super Bowl after the disappointing end in Seattle during last year’s NFC Championship game. With a new stadium comes a new season and this year Levi’s Stadium has a schedule packed with great matchups all season long.
Thursday, November 27th vs. Seattle Seahawks | Median Ticket Price: $355
Levi’s Stadium will cast its most expensive ticket with the NFC Championship re-match between San Francisco’s most rivaled competitors, the Seattle Seahawks. With one of the most powerful defenses out of Seattle headed down to the bay area, the 49ers will rely heavily on their offensive weapons to keep this game in their favor. As it is every season, the Seattle – San Francisco game is always a highly sought after ticket and tends to be one of the most exciting games of each team’s season, both times they take the field together.
Sunday, September 14 vs. Chicago Bears | Median Ticket Price: $343
The regular season opener against Chicago slides into a close second with an average ticket price of $343. The Bears and 49ers stack up as fairly comparable offensive threats with both teams carrying great talents at the wide out, tight end, and running back positions. The Niners defense will be in the hands of Patrick Willis while waiting on the return of Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, and Glenn Dorsey. If the defense can’t get enough pressure on Jay Cutler, expect this game to turn into a shootout between the two quarterbacks.
Sunday, September 28 vs. Philadelphia Eagles | Median Ticket Price: $248
Just two weeks later, Chip Kelly will bring his high-flying offense back to the west coast to face the 49ers. The average ticket price takes almost a $100 drop getting you in the game for under $250 and continues to drop as the season continues. Despite a complete overhaul to Philadelphia’s roster and coaching staff since the last time these two teams faced-off, a similar finish to the nail-biting 24-23 win at Lincoln Financial Field in 2011 could take place once again.
Sunday, October 5 vs. Kansas City Chiefs | Median Ticket Price: $245
As any 49er fan will tell you, anytime Alex Smith comes back to the bay it’s a ticket worth getting. While Smith has faced his former team in the pre-season once before already, this will be the first regular season game to bring Alex Smith back to the bay area. The Chiefs surprised the league last year with a stout defensive performance, something that could potentially keep them in this game against San Francisco.
Sunday, November 23 vs. Washington Redskins | Median Ticket Price: $215
The 49ers mid-season matchup against the Redskins brings the average ticket price a bit closer to $200 and features two of the NFL’s most versatile quarterbacks. RGIII, though having been plagued by injury, has taken some scrutiny in his early years as an NFL quarterback but will be looking for the 2014 season to be a platform for change. Unfortunately for the Redskins offense San Francisco should be touting a fully returned defensive roster with the likes of Aldon Smith, Navorro Bowman, and Glenn Dorsey.
Sunday, November 2 vs. St. Louis Rams | Median Ticket Price: $202
The second meeting between the divisional rivals will bring the Rams to Levi’s Stadium. Though the matchup has never been touted as being among the best in the NFL, St. Louis and San Francisco have a beefy history of keeping the games close. In 2012 the Rams were able to keep up with Kaepernick and the 49ers in overtime ending the first game in a 24 all tie and winning the second meet up 16-13. 2013 turned out to be the year of the Niner which could potentially give the Rams more reason to come out swinging this season.
Saturday, December 20 vs. San Diego Chargers | Median Ticket Price: $194
In a California battle royal, the San Diego Chargers will make the trip up north to take on the 49ers. After coming off an unexpectedly successful 2013 campaign from quarterback Phillip Rivers, the Chargers have high hopes for the upcoming season. Kaepernick has yet to face his cross-state rivals in a regular season game, one that fills either stadium with just as many opposing fans as home fans. While noise is sure to be an impeding factor, San Francisco’s pass rush will likely be the determining factor in this game. Rivers has shown, if given enough time, he can make any defense pay from inside the pocket and the 49ers are no exception.
Sunday, December 28 vs. Arizona Cardinals | Median Ticket Price: $179
As the cheapest ticket of the season at Levi’s Stadium, the Arizona Cardinals matchup is also the final regular season game of the 49ers year. This will be the third consecutive year that the two teams have finished the season together and while the past two have been in San Fran’s favor, they have both been close. With divisional and conference ties usually weighing in the outcome, the Niners 2012, 27-13 win over Arizona landed them the NFC West title while Phil Dawson’s game winning field goal in last year’s 23-20 victory kept the 49ers in playoff contention. When the stakes are high so is the excitement and when it comes to the last game of the season in San Francisco, you can always count on the energy.