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The 49ers’ schedule ranks among the NFL’s worst halftime disparities since 2002

49ers schedule among NFL’s worst halftime disparities since 2002 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

In what is becoming a dead-end tradition, the 49ers will enter the 2024 NFL season at a significant rest disadvantage against their opponents.

San Francisco’s -22 net halftime differential for the 2024 season ranks as the third-worst in the NFL since 2002. (h/t ESPN)

That’s two consecutive seasons in which San Francisco tied for the worst halftime differential in the league, with the 49ers’ 2023 total also ranking in the top 10 worst differentials of the past two decades.

The most notable hurdles to San Francisco’s scheduling woes will be the four games it plays against opponents coming off a bye week, which is a difficult task in itself but is further magnified by the quality of teams the 49ers face will face in those matches. .

San Francisco will face the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys in weeks seven and eight, with each coming off a bye week ahead of their meeting with the 49ers. Next, San Francisco faces its NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks in Week 11 for a bye week, with a Week 13 showdown against the Buffalo Bills to conclude the 49ers’ series of games against teams that will have several weeks of rest before their meeting .

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The 49ers are the only team in the league that will play at least four games against opponents looking to bye during the 2024 season, with the Indianapolis Colts the only other franchise with at least three such games scheduled to stand.

San Francisco faced teams coming off a bye week while trailing three times last season, losing to the Cleveland Browns in Week 6 and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8, while losing to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 defeated.

There will also be two instances where San Francisco plays a team that has three extra days of rest due to playing on “Thursday Night Football” the week before: a Week 4 tilt game against the New England Patriots and a Week 13 game with the Chicago . Bears. (h/t Fox Sports)

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The 49ers overcame their halftime deficit in 2023 and still managed to secure the NFC’s No. 1 seed. As San Francisco attempts to return to the Super Bowl, it will once again have to overcome the difficult schedule hurdles it overcame last season.

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