As a price for winning their first NFC West title in five years, the Niners must play the other three NFC division winners in 2003 - two of them on the road.
In 2003 season, the Niners will play:
-- Home-and-away division games with NFC West opponents St. Louis, Seattle and Arizona.
-- Home games against AFC North opponents Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
-- Road games against AFC North opponents Baltimore and Cincinnati.
-- Home games against NFC opponents Tampa Bay, Chicago and Detroit.
-- Road games against NFC opponents Green Bay, Philadelphia and Minnesota.
The dates of the Niners' 2003 schedule will be announced early next year.