As opposed to the single prime-time game the Niners played in 2017, the National Football League gave San Francisco five prime-time slots in 2018, partially due to the high expectations for the team under their new franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.
With a schedule featuring five prime-time games and a season opener at Minnesota, the 49ers now can map out their great escape from the NFC West cellar after three years.
The 49ers join the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, Rams, Patriots, Saints, Eagles, Steelers and Seahawks with five prime-time games, according to NFL Research.
Week 2 - Sunday, September 16 vs. Detroit Lions at 1:05 p.m.
- Among the five prime-time games is the Raiders' debut at Levi's Stadium on November 1 in each team's allotted Thursday night game.
September 23, at Kansas City Chiefs (10 a.m., FOX): Patrick Mahomes, Alex Smith's replacement, has the arm strength to really test the 49ers' secondary.
Week 4 - Sunday, September 30 @ Los Angeles Chargers at 1:25 p.m. Predict a victor and loser for each game on the schedule.
Week 5 - Sunday, October 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals at 1:25 p.m. San Francisco also will play a Monday game in Green Bay on October 15.
October 21, vs. Los Angeles Rams (5:20 p.m., NBC): Holding serve at home is a vital step in the 49ers' path to unseat the Rams atop the NFC West.
Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers will have five games in prime time this season, including a Thursday night game on November 1 in Week 9 against the Raiders at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers will also host the Giants on Monday Night Football on November 12. What is this, an anniversary special?
Fans of both teams will be looking forward to the two matchups between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, thanks to cornerback Richard Sherman's signing with the rival 49ers after his ouster from Seattle.
Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears.
Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
The result of a road-heavy schedule early in the season is that the 49ers will be home for three consecutive weeks in December before their season finale against the Rams in Los Angeles.