Displaced from their facilities in Santa Clara, the 49ers have shacked up in Arizona for the past three weeks, staging their home games in greater Phoenix. With Santa Clara County extending its ban on contact sports through January 8th—the result of COVID-19’s continued prevalence—the 49ers have reportedly decided to remain in Arizona for the remainder of their 2020 season, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
San Francisco will travel to Dallas this weekend before returning to the Grand Canyon State for its final two games—a “road” game with the Cardinals in Week 16 followed by a divisional showdown against Seattle. With Arizona traveling to Los Angeles for its regular season finale, the Niners will have State Farm Stadium all to themselves in Week 17.
The 49ers have yet to win a game in their new, temporary digs, falling to the Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 13 before dropping a 23-15 decision to Washington a week later. The reigning NFC Champions still have a pulse, though at this point, it would likely take a miracle for the shorthanded Niners to qualify for postseason football (9.9-percent playoff probability, according to ESPN’s NFL Power Index). With injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa, among others, San Francisco’s doomed 2020 campaign never had a chance to get off the ground.