The 49ers intend to get back to the Super Bowl, and their journey begins on Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in the 2020 season opener.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Online streaming: Watch Here
After earning the top seed in the conference and steamrolling their way through the NFC playoffs last season, the 49ers enter 2020 with a roster that arguably is deeper and improved. Joe Staley, DeForest Buckner and Emmanuel Sanders are gone, but Trent Williams, Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk, Jordan Reed and others have arrived, and few teams can measure up to the talent San Francisco has.
The Arizona Cardinals lost both of their matches to the San Francisco 49ers last season on scores of 25-28 and 26-36, so they’re hoping to turn the tables this season. They will face off at 4:25 p.m. ET Sept. 13 at Levi’s Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. Last year was nothing to brag about for Arizona (5-10-1), so the squad is looking forward to a new start. On the other hand, San Francisco enjoyed a 13-3 record last season and almost won it all, losing the Super Bowl 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
A couple last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Cardinals ranked worst with respect to yards allowed per game last year, where the team gave up 402 on average. To make matters even worse for Arizona, San Francisco was the best in passing yards allowed per game, finishing the 2019 season giving up only 192.1 on average.
The Arizona sideline is surely aware that they’re the underdogs in this one. We’ll soon see whether they can make the experts look bad.
The defending NFC champions meeting one of the leading dark horse candidates of the 2020 NFL season is one of a few matchups highlighting the NFL’s return to action in Week 1. Unfortunately for most viewers, however, they wont have access to San Francisco vs. Arizona as nearly the entire country will be tuned to New Orleans and Tampa Bay.
The 49ers came arguably just one overthrown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Emmanuel Sanders away from defeating Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV. Sanders has since left, but tight end George Kittle will be with the team for a while after signing a new lucrative deal this offseason. Despite a lack of passing in the postseason, Garoppolo torched the Cardinals last season to the tune of over 700 yards and eight touchdowns combined in two games.