The San Francisco 49ers finished 12-4 a year ago and thanks to a highly competitive NFC West division, it wasn’t good enough for first place. Forced to enter as a wild card team, the Niners won two straight road games before meeting the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game – a game they’ve reached in three straight seasons.
If the 49ers have any hope of reaching their fourth NFC title game in four years, odds are they’ll have to find a way to emerge as the NFC West’s leader. To do so, the Niners probably need to aim for a sweep of Seattle, while also going perfect on their home field. An elite 7-1 record at home in 2013 shows they can do that, but visits from the Eagles, Redskins, Bears, Chiefs and Chargers are sure to push San Fran to their limits.
The San Francisco 49ers schedule away from home isn’t anything to laugh at, either, as they take on the Giants, Cowboys, Saints, Broncos and Raiders on the road. San Francisco can easily lose any of their divisional road contests, but trips to Dallas, New Orleans and Denver could prove to be especially difficult. If the Niners want to upend the ‘Hawks, though, they’ll need to find a way to be the better team on the road more often than not.
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