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A look at the 49ers 2012-2013 season

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Notable Incoming Rookies
LaMichael James – Running back – Oregon (5”8, 194lbs.)
Garrett Celek – Tight End – Michigan State (6”5, 252lbs.)
A.J. Jenkins – Wide Receiver – Illinois (6”0 190lbs.)
Chris Owusu – Wide Receiver – Stanford (6”2 200lbs.)
David Gonzalez – Offensive Tackle – Washington State (6”6 286lbs.)
Joe Looney – Offensive Guard – Wake Forest (6”3 309lbs.)
Darius Fleming – Outside Linebacker – Notre Dame (6”2 245lbs.)
Trenton Robinson – Safety – Michigan State (5”10 195lbs.)
Jason Slowey – Center – Western Oregon (6”3 299lbs.)
Cam Johnson – Outside Linebacker – Virginia (6”3 268lbs.)

Upcoming Games
Preseason Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings; 9:00pm EDT Friday, Aug. 10th
Preseason Week 2: @ Houston Texans; 8:00pm EDT Saturday, Aug. 18th
Preseason Week 3: @ Denver Broncos; 4:00pm EDT Sunday, Aug. 26th
Preseason Week 4: vs. San Diego Chargers; 10:05pm EDT Thursday, Aug. 30th
Season Week 1: @ Green Bay Packers; 4:25pm EDT Sunday, Sept. 9th

Division/Conference Forecast
The San Francisco 49ers are strong early favorites to win their division, the NFC West. The NFC West includes the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams, and the Seattle Seahawks. Additionally, many analysts believe the 49ers are strong favorites to win the entire NFC conference as well. After going 13-3 last year in Jim Harbaugh’s first season as Head Coach, the 49ers seemed poised to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.

Serious InjuriesDarius Fleming – Linebacker – torn ACL, may miss entire upcoming season

Notable Players Acquired in Free Agency
Brandon Jacobs – Running Back – Acquired from the New York Giants (1 yr.)
Mario Manningham – Wide Receiver – Acquired from the New York Giants (2 yrs.)
Randy Moss – Wide Receiver – Acquired from Free Agency (1 yr.)
Team Leaders
Alex Smith – Quarterback
Vernon Davis – Tight End
Frank Gore – Running Back

NFL 2012 Regular Season will kick off on Wednesday night Sept 5

Are you ready for some football? On a Wednesday?

We’ve just started the long, dark time of year called the “offseason.”

Some good news arrived Tuesday, delivered straight from the NFL Mountaintops: The offseason will be one day shorter than expected.

The New York Giants will host the season opener on Wednesday, September 5. The game was moved a day earlier than usual in deference to President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention.

So on Tuesday, the NFL decided to simply move the game to the previous night, Wednesday, September 5. It will be the first time since the fall of 1948 that a regular season NFL game would be played on a Wednesday. On that day, September 22, 1948, to be precise, the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams, en route to a 2-10 season; the Rams finished 6-5-1. (In case you’re wondering, the Philadelphia Eagles won the championship that year.)

This will be the second time in three years that a regular season NFL game will be played on an unorthodox day of the week. In late December 2010, a Sunday afternoon game involving the aforementioned Eagles was moved to Tuesday night due to extreme blizzard conditions in Philadelphia. The visiting Vikings – playing out the string a la the Asheville Tourists after a blizzard back home impounded the Metrodome – won the game behind the unlikely arm of Joe Webb.

The Giants’ first opponents of the 2012-13 season is still to be determined. In 2008, the Giants beat the Washington Redskins in the season opener. With politics once again coming into play in the Giants’ defense of their Lombardi trophy, don’t be surprised if the Giants once again square off against Washington on September 5; the start time will remain 8:30 PM ET. (The two teams have actually faced each other on the season opener for the last two years.)

And in case you’re wondering: no, the Giants don’t play the Chicago Bears this season, so that was not a factor in moving up the season opener to Wednesday to accommodate big-time Bears fan President Obama the following night. The Packers, Saints, and Steelers are strong candidates.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium against a team to be announced at a later date. Starting time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.