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49ers to open 2017 season against Panthers, full schedule revealed

49ers to open 2017 season against Panthers, full schedule revealed

The NFL has determined that the 49ers are not quite ready for prime time.

The 49ers will not have a date on Sunday night or Monday night in the organization’s first season under coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.

The team’s only prime-time appearance will come Thursday, Sept. 21, when the Los Angeles Rams come to Levi’s Stadium. Every team in the NFL plays a Thursday game.

The Shanahan regime officially begins on Sunday, Sept. 10, when Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers face the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. It will be Newton’s first appearance in Santa Clara since the Panthers loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

The 49ers play three consecutive road games from Week 3 to Week 5 at Arizona, Indianapolis and Washington. The last time the 49ers played three straight weeks on the road during the regular season was December of 2005, when the 49ers traveled to Seattle, Jacksonville and St. Louis.

Here is a look at the remainder of the 49ers’ regular-season schedule:

Week 1 -- Sunday, Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Week 2 -- Sunday, Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Week 3 -- Thursday, Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
Week 4 -- Sunday, Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Week 5 -- Sunday, Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Week 6 -- Sunday, Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Week 7 -- Sunday, Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Week 8 -- Sunday, Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Week 9 -- Sunday, Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Week 10 -- Sunday, Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 -- Bye
Week 12 -- Sunday, Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Week 13 -- Sunday, Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Week 14 -- Sunday, Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Week 15 -- Sunday, Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Week 16 -- Sunday, Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Week 17 -- Sunday, Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.

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Cam Newton would vote Derek Carr for 2016 NFL MVP

Cam Newton would vote Derek Carr for 2016 NFL MVP

The NFL will have a new Most Valuable Player this season and the reigning MVP thinks the award should go to a Bay Area quarterback.

On Wednesday, Cam Newton gave his 2016 MVP endorsement to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

"For him, and his importance to his team -- when we played Oakland, it was a different team. When he came back in ... the energy was just as impactful as anybody coming back in the game, and what he meant to his team was everything,” Newton told the Tampa Bay Times. “That's why I'd vote for him."

Carr, who fractured his right fibula in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts, won't take another snap this season. But his body of work and significance to his team were enough for Newton.

In a Week 12 win over the Panthers, Carr completed 26 of 38 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, orchestrating a come-from-behind victory over the reigning NFC champions while nursing a dislocated pinky finger he sustained in the third quarter.

Despite his season-ending injury, Carr led the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since 2002, passing for 3,947 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing almost 64 percent of his passes.

The last Raiders quarterback to be named MVP was Rich Gannon in 2002, the year Oakland last reached the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

SEATTLE — A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night.

Ron Rivera didn't expect it to last just one play.

Carolina's miserable night was capped by a 40-7 loss to Seattle following the most awkward of starts. With Newton being punished for not having a necktie for the team flight to Seattle, the Panthers' starting QB watched backup Derek Anderson throw an interception on the first play of the game.

The turnover only led to a field goal for Seattle, but it was the start of an otherwise forgettable performance by the Panthers that provided another blow to the dwindling playoff hopes of the reigning NFC champions.

Newton missed just one play, but was also just 14-of-32 passing for 182 yards and one touchdown. After pulling within 10-7 in the second quarter, Carolina let Seattle score the final 30 points.