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San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense23rd131.3 (6th)191.6 (29th)
Defense5th100.9 (7th)215.5 (5th)

49ers report: Inside slant

The Sports Xchange
 
Inside slant · Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel
 

The 49ers appear to have a chance to improve on their 4-12 record of last season based on the release of the NFL schedule.

The 49ers played competitive football at Monster Park, their home stadium, while struggling on the road. If last year's records are any indication, the 49ers have an easier home schedule this season. They face only one playoff team from 2005 at home: the Seahawks.

After opening on the road against the Cardinals, the 49ers have four of their next five games at home, against the Rams, Eagles, Raiders and Chargers.

"I like the fact that our schedule has five homes games right in the first half of the season," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "I have always said that our fans play a big role in our success. Playing at home with the crowd behind us hopefully will help push us to a great start."

Three of the 49ers' four victories last season came at home, where they averaged 17.3 points a game and yielded 22.8. On the road, the 49ers were abysmal, winning just once, while scoring 12.6 points per game and surrendering 30.8.

Based on last year's records, the 49ers have a much easier home schedule this season. Their eight home opponents compiled a .438 winning percentage, with five of them recording six wins or fewer.

The 49ers' road opponents recorded a .516 win percentage last season, with the Seahawks, Bears and Broncos each earning spots in the playoffs.

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