If the 2014 campaign means anything, the 49ers figure to have their work cut out for them — and then some.
Their regular-season schedule for next season includes opponents who had a combined .561 winning percentage last season, the NFL announced on Tuesday. It features five of the last seven Super Bowl champions — the Seattle Seahawks (2013), the Baltimore Ravens (2012), the New York Giants (2012), the Green Bay Packers (2010) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2008) — and only one set of back-to-back home games.
In the last five years, teams that had one of the five most difficult schedules qualified for the playoffs only 24.1 percent of the time.
New coach Jim Tomsula will make his debut at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 14, the sixth time they will have done so on a Monday night in franchise history. They have won six consecutive games on “Monday Night Football.”
The 49ers will get their first look at former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Week 13, when they travel to Chicago. They released Fangio from his contract last January, and four days later, he signed with the Bears in the same capacity.
On Oct. 22, the 49ers will host the Seahawks on three days’ rest. They have a return engagement with the Seahawks on Nov. 22 in Seattle.
The Packers (Oct. 4), the Ravens (Oct. 18), the Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 8), the Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 29), the Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 20) and the St. Louis Rams (Jan. 6) also will visit Levi’s Stadium.
The other road dates are with the Steelers (Sept. 20), the Cardinals (Sept. 27), the Giants (Oct. 11), the Rams (Nov. 1), the Cleveland Browns (Dec. 13) and the Detroit Lions (Dec. 27).
The team will have a bye in Week 10.
Aug. 15 at Texans 5 p.m.
Aug. 23 vs. Cowboys 5 p.m.
Aug. 29 at Broncos 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 vs. Chargers 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Vikings 7:20 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Steelers 10 a.m.
Sept. 27 at Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 4 vs. Packers 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Giants 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Ravens 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 22 vs. Seahawks 5:25 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Rams 10 a.m.
Nov. 8 vs. Falcons 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 15 Bye
Nov. 22 at Seahawks 1:25 p.m.
Nov. 29 vs. Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 6 at Bears 10 a.m.
Dec. 13 at Browns 10 a.m.
Dec. 20 vs. Bengals 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 27 at Lions 10 a.m.
Jan. 3 vs. Rams 1:25 p.m.
All times subject to change