The 49ers 2022 schedule has been officially released. We no longer need to verify rumors or wonder if leaks are accurate. In the last two seasons, the 49ers have had five primetime games. After another successful year in 2021, the Niners are once again in the maximum number of primetime games.
The 49ers are ending the season with six of their last nine home games, none of which are played outside the Pacific time zone, with the exception of Week 11 in Mexico City.
Here’s the full schedule with times, dates and TV channels. All times listed are Pacific.
Week 1 of Preseason: vs. Packers
Preseason Week 2: @Vikings
Preseason Week 3: @Texans
Week 1: @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, September 18, 10:00 a.m. PDT
- Fields vs Lance
- A favorable start for a quarterback starting in his first full season.
- DeMeco Ryans and the Niners’ defense couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, September 25, 1:05 p.m. PDT
- Seattle meets Denver in Week 1, giving the 49ers their rivals in a short week
- This makes two games in a row that San Francisco will not see a celebrity pass rush
- Rookie first round LT Charles Cross vs. Nick Bosa. Poor guy.
Week 3: @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, October 2, 5:20 p.m. PT
- It wouldn’t be a ’49s season without Russell Wilson getting in the way.
- This will be the first “Test” of the season, but the Niners could be on hiatus as Jerry Jeudy faces a second-degree tampering charge.
- Denver has familiar faces in DJ Jones, K’Waun Williams and Tom Compton on its list.
Week 4, vs. Los Angeles Rams, Monday, October 10, 5:20 p.m. PT
- These next two games are the opposite of the first two in terms of schedule strength. Will the 49ers’ regular-season dominance continue against the team that defeated them in the NFC Championship last year?
- I think we’re seeing the Rams’ defense take a step back in 2022.
- I think we get a better look at the Rams offense in Year 2 with Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay.
Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday, October 16, 1:05 p.m. PT
- Another weak early season opponent for the 49ers.
- The Panthers’ regular-season win over/under is currently set at 6.5, making it the Niners’ third opponent in their first five games that the betting lines expect to finish worse than 7-10.
- While their selection of Matt Corral in the draft likely closed the door on every move, it’s still not out of the question that Jimmy Garoppolo could be the focus for Carolina.
Week 6: @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, October 23, 10:00 a.m. PT
- The schedule looks good with the 49ers starting 4-2. Many believe the Falcons have the worst roster in the NFL.
- Teams that give the Niners defensive problems generally have offensive firepower that overwhelms their defenses. This isn’t Atlanta.
- This should be around the time Trey Lance and the offense begin to make their move.
- This will be the last regular-season game the 49ers play in the Eastern Time Zone.
Week 7: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, October 30, 1:25 p.m. PT
- A Super Bowl rematch. The overreactions to this game will be fun, especially if Lance trumps Mahomes.
- We saw two “bad” teams followed by two good teams and this cycle repeats to round out the first half of the season.
- The Revenge Game by Charvarius Ward
Week 8: @ Los Angeles Rams Nov. 6, 1:25 p.m. PT
- Playing the Rams twice in a month is a change. We’re used to seeing the Rams earlier in the season, then just one of the last few weeks.
- Even if this game doesn’t take place later in the season, it will still matter in the standings as both teams are expected to fight for the division crown.
Week 9: Bye
- The Niners have had some bad luck with preseason BYEs in recent years. Most teams typically see a mid-season BYE as preferable.
Week 10: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m. PT, NBC
- The Chargers could be the most exciting team in the NFL next year. The 49ers will honor this BYE week as Kyle Shanahan and DeMeco Ryans try to find ways to attack one of the NFL’s most talented teams.
- The Niners get a break and then travel to Los Angeles and Mexico City.
Week 11: @ Arizona Cardinals (Mexico City), Monday, November 21, 5:15 p.m. PST
- The 49ers and Cardinals are returning to Mexico City for the first time since 2005.
- San Francisco must be happy that the international match costs division rivals a home game.
Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday, November 27, 1:25 p.m. PT
- Returning home instead of having to travel to New Orleans after playing in the Mexico City survey is a pause for the 49ers.
- Who knows what to expect from the Saints in 2022, but if the 49ers are going to be a playoff team, they can’t fall.
Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, December 4, 1:05 p.m. PT
- Mike McDaniel and Raheem Mostert return to the Bay Area.
- Will the Niners be able to contain the speed of Mostert, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle?
- The offense should collect enough points where it doesn’t matter.
Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dec. 11, 1:25 p.m. PT
- Tom Brady. Enough said.
- This could be a potential playoff matchup.
Week 15: @ Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, December 15 5:15pm PST
- The short week won’t do either team any favours, but both will play off a short week.
- Aside from arguably the greatest accomplishment of Pete Carroll’s head coach’s career, Seattle will be a long way from the playoffs at this point in the season.
- If Drew Lock is the Seahawks’ Week 1 starter, I would expect Geno Smith to be their starter at this point in the season. If Smith is below center in Week 1, I would expect to see Lock for this matchup.
- The Seahawks should still have impressive home field advantage at Lumen Field, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll play as well this year.
Week 16: vs. Washington Commanders, Saturday December 24 1:05pm PST
- Carson Wentz is one of the most fickle quarterbacks in the NFL, but that hasn’t done much for the 49ers in their three faceoffs against the former No. 1 overall (Wentz is 3-0 in his career against SF).
- This could be a unique matchup between two quarterbacks from the same college (both Lance and Wentz attended North Dakota State).
Week 17: @ Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday Jan. 1 1:05pm PST
- The former Bay Area rivalry moves to Sin City for the first time.
- The Raiders have made some big additions this offseason (e.g. Davante Adams and Chandler Jones) but will also be settled in the bottom half of the AFC West.
- They could still be playing for a wild-card spot, but the Niners could benefit from a late-season matchup when Vegas may already be out of the postseason in a stacked AFC.
Week 18: vs. Arizona Cardinals, Saturday/Sunday, May 7th/8th January, TBD
- The 49ers will have to wait a little longer to learn their specific Week 18 matchup as the NFL waits to see how the early season plays out before finalizing those schedules.
- I’m happy to speculate that if they don’t make the postseason this season, Kliff Kingsbury won’t be the Cardinals’ head coach.
- No division rival has caused Kyle Shanahan more trouble than Arizona; We’ll see if he can shake that trend this season.
Super Bowl: +1600
NFC West: +190