The 49ers in 2022 have an unusually busy schedule from a storyline perspective. There aren’t many games that don’t have at least one big headline coming up leading up to it. Because of this, it was particularly difficult this year to rank the competitions from worst to best.
There’s a clear top-tier lineup of games, but after that it’s a jumble with a few bottom feeders that stand out. There will be interesting QB matchups, rematches, revenges and more throughout the 18-week roster.
We’ve done our best to rank the games here:
The Falcons weren’t very good last year, and they could be worse this year depending on how their QB situation plays out.
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Carolina doesn’t have many redeeming qualities, but this one could skyrocket the list if Jimmy Garoppolo is traded there.
The Seahawks probably won’t do very well and Thursday night’s football games are terrible.
This one creeps in ahead of the Week 15 game in Seattle because it’ll be the first matchup without Russell Wilson under center for the Seahawks since 2011, and that’s going to be at least a little interesting.
The good news is we won’t be exposed to quarterback Taysom Hill. This game would certainly have been higher three years ago, but the question marks surrounding both teams make it a little less exciting to start the year.
Justin Fields and Trey Lance, both of whom would play in this game, would be great fun, but it remains to be seen how good each QB will be by week 1 of 2022. Maybe there’ll be more pre-season hype at the next meetup.
A New Year’s game against the Raiders should be the most intriguing game on the schedule, but it doesn’t even make the top five in this year’s list. Wild.
A Monday night soccer game in Mexico City should be accompanied by plenty of intrigue, but as the year begins, there aren’t enough storylines to make this game stand out beyond the fact that it’s being played in Mexico.
This will be the first attack on rising star QB Justin Herbert for the 49ers defense. Coming from the bye, this should be a significant dipstick game for San Francisco.
Mike McDaniel’s return should be loads of fun, especially since Miami could have one of the most explosive and dynamic offenses in the NFL.
The 49ers made Russell Wilson leave their division only to play him and his new team in Week 3 of the first season he left. Difficult draw for San Francisco, but Wilson against the 49ers at Sunday Night Football in Denver will be a blast.
Tom Brady comes home to face the team that turned down his services two years ago. This story is writing itself, and this could be a late-season game against two of the top teams in the NFC.
There’s a world where that goes for all NFC West marbles, but it should at least have playoff implications for either team, and the 49ers haven’t beaten the Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium since 2019.
Any Rams game will have a little more juice now since they met in the NFC Championship game last year. The second of the two meetings, however, will draw a little less attention.
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A Monday night soccer game to wrap up the first quarter of the year in a replay of the NFC Championship game. It’s going to be electric.