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April 4, 2012
Preseason schedule: Hello, Peyton Manning, g'bye, Raiders

The 49ers' all-important third preseason game will come against the four-time league MVP who almost became a 49er, Peyton Manning. The 49ers will travel to Denver to face Manning and the Broncos in their third exhibition game. That game will be nationally televised on Fox at 1 p.m. on August 26.

The team's preseason schedule also is significant for who is not on it. After violence -- including a shooting -- marred last year's game at Candlestick Park against the Raiders, the teams decided to suspend what had become an annual preseason meeting.

The other preseason opponents are: Week 1 vs. Vikings, Week 2 at Texans and Week 4 vs. Chargers on Aug. 30. The times and dates on the Week 1 and 2 games will be announced at a later date.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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