49ERS VS. STEELERS IN WEEK 1 OF NFL SEASON
The 49ers are headed for Steel City. San Francisco will open the 2023 NFL season on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchises last met in 2019, with the 49ers taking home a 24-20 victory in Levi's Stadium. But that game featured a quarterback battle between Jimmy Garoppolo and Mason Rudolph. Four years later, it's Brock Purdy vs. Kenny Pickett, two sophomore-year quarterbacks looking to build off promising rookie campaigns.
Pittsburgh last season finished on a four-game winning streak to post a 9-8 record (4-4 at home), while the 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship Game, were 5-3 away from home. Now it's a fresh start for both teams, with the 49ers getting a big boost as Nick Bosa appears set to return just in time after inking a record-setting contract extension.