|SINGLE PARKING PASSES
|Chicago Bears parking
Sunday, Sept. 14
5:30 p.m. PST
Jim Harbaugh will lead his team against the Bears for the
second time; Harbaugh played in Chicago the first six seasons of his NFL career.
There’s also some history here for his current quarterback. Colin Kaepernick made his first NFL start
opposite the NFC North squad on Nov. 19, 2012. This was the team’s last meeting
and their first since 2009. Kaepernick burst onto the scene with 243 passing
yards and two touchdown tosses and wouldn’t yield the starting job back to
Smith. Chicago, meanwhile, is a different team than the one that lost by 25
points that Monday night. Marc Trestman is now their coach and took the Bears to
an 8-8 record in his first season last year. Chicago signed three defensive ends
(LaMarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young) to multi-year deals this spring,
so that should help them compete against “Kap” come fall.
Chicago Bears Parking
|Philadelphia Eagles Parking
Sunday, Sept. 28
1:25 p.m. PST
The 49ers and Eagles played each other four straight seasons starting in 2008,
and the last two games were decided by a combined four points. The most
memorable sequence came in their last duel, at Lincoln Financial Field in Oct.
2011: Justin Smith coming out of nowhere to
strip wideout Jeremy Maclin of the ball with just over two minutes on the clock.
Five Frank Gore running plays later, and
San Francisco had its 24-23 victory. Forget all that now: Philadelphia is now
coached by Chip Kelly and led at quarterback by Nick Foles. The NFC East squad
no longer has its deep threat in DeSean Jackson but still has an offense that
will make the 49ers work on every down.
Philadelphia Eagles Parking
|KC Chiefs parking
Sunday, Oct. 5
1:25 p.m. PST
The 49ers got their first look at their former quarterback when they visited the
Chiefs last preseason. Now San Francisco will host Alex Smith at its new digs
with fans that know Smith well. There’s that, and there’s also this: Kansas City
enjoyed a major turnaround in its first season with coach Andy Reid at the helm.
In fact, they went from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-5 in ’13. The team lost its fair
share of free agents this offseason (including offensive tackle Branden Albert
and defensive tackle Tyson Jackson among others) but should be well equipped to
challenge the 49ers.
KC Chiefs parking
Louis Rams Parking|
Sunday, Nov. 2
1:05 p.m. PST
The 49ers have played no NFL team as much as the Rams. So it makes sense that
they have made the most trips to Northern California, although they haven’t won
here since 2007, or in six tries. Coach Jeff Fisher helped St. Louis to a 24-24
tie in San Francisco in Nov. 2012, but Harbaugh and his staff have seemed to
figure out a formula against their divisional foe. The last two meetings, home
and away, have been decided by a total of 34 points. What the NFC West’s
last-place team a year ago does with its bounty of draft picks, including two in
the top 13, could help shift the tide back in its favor.
Louis Rams Parking
|Washington Redskins Parking
Sunday, Nov. 23
1:25 p.m. PST
The 49ers will face Jackson in 2014, but when they welcome the Redskins to town.
Of course, Washington’s ’13 season, during which Mike Shanahan went 3-13 in his
fourth and final season on the sideline, was more about quarterback Robert
Griffin III. RGIII certainly wasn’t at his best against San Francisco last
November; he was sacked six times, threw an interception and totaled 118 passing
yards in a 27-6 loss at FedEx Field. Now new coach Jay Gruden and Co. will lead
the Redskins into a non-division contest at Levi’s® Stadium.
Washington Redskins Parking
|Seattle Seahawks parking
Thursday, Nov. 27
5:30 p.m. PST
Will Levi’s® Stadium give the 49ers a home-field advantage that the Super Bowl
champion Seahawks enjoy at CenturyLink Field? Well, if the 49ers new home is
anything like Candlestick Park, there could be a status quo in this respect: San
Francisco has bested Seattle in five straight games played in the Bay Area. Pete
Carroll has not topped Harbaugh in the state since both were roaming
Pac-10 (now-12) sidelines.
Seattle Seahawks parking
|n Diego Chargers Parking
Saturday, Dec. 20
1:30 p.m. PST
They haven’t met in the regular season, however,
since 2010. The Chargers have actually won the teams’ last three matchups and by
a combined score of 102-44. After a couple of down years, San Diego also appears
on the rise again. Coach Mike McCoy guided Phillip Rivers and his friends to a
9-7 mark and an appearance in the AFC divisional round a year ago. The offense
added free agent Donald Brown this offseason and should be yet another challenge
for San Francisco’s defensive unit.
San Diego Chargers Parking
Cardinals Parking |
Sunday, Dec. 28
1:25 p.m. PST
|The Cardinals know what it’s like to open a new venue, having christened
University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. Arizona made the Super Bowl three years
later. Such a wait wouldn’t be satisfactory in Santa Clara, and the Cards
wouldn’t mind delaying the 49ers trip back to the NFL’s ultimate game.
First-year coach Bruce Arians went 0-2 against Harbaugh last season, including a
32-20 defeat at The ‘Stick in October, but his team is on the rise and the 49ers
will have to be ready for a 10-win team that was on the outside of the playoff
picture in ’13|