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San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFL Schedule Analysis

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Inside the 2012 Schedule

The 49ers will want to show that 2011 was no fluke by playing tough in an early stretch that includes games against the Packers, Lions, Jets, Bills and Giants. After visiting the Saints in Week 12, the 49ers get a bit of a breather against the Rams and Dolphins before visiting the Patriots in Week 15 and closing out against the Cardinals.
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3 Key Moments
Week 6 vs. Giants
The rematch of the NFC Championship Game will give the 49ers an opportunity to make amends for a disappointing end to their season and could play a pivotal role in determining home-field advantage for the 2012 postseason.
Week 12 at Saints
The slobber-knockin' postseason battle between these NFC rivals made this contest an intriguing watch when schedule-makers originally put it on the calendar. However, the salacious rhetoric of Gregg Williams' pregame speech and the revelation of the bounty program will ensure this regular-season matchup possesses the intensity of a playoff game.
Week 15 at Patriots
A couple of Kyle Williams gaffes prevented a Super Bowl XLVI matchup between these heavyweights, but this regular-season battle will certainly carry significant long-term ramifications for both squads' playoff aspirations.

 

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