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49ers to play two home games in Arizona after Santa Clara County's ban on contact sports

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 11/30/2020 Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY
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The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games at the Arizona Cardinals' State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, after Santa Clara County issued a three-week ban on contact sports.

The 49ers will host the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 7 and the Washington Football Team on Dec. 13, the team announced in a release.

The Cardinals play a home game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on Dec. 6 but will have a road game against the New York Giants the following week.

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San Francisco has yet to release details of its plans for practices. Santa Clara County also is requiring anyone who travels more than 150 miles outside the area to quarantine for 14 days.

a group of baseball players on a field: San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Brunskill, center, readies to snap the ball to quarterback Nick Mullens, left, during warmups before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. © Alex Gallardo, AP San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Brunskill, center, readies to snap the ball to quarterback Nick Mullens, left, during warmups before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif.

The team also has one remaining home game: a Week 17 date with the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 3. It is unclear whether the 49ers will be able to host that game in Santa Clara.

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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expressed frustration with the situation after Sunday's 23-20 win against the Rams, saying the team had been blindsided by the announcement Saturday as they prepared to travel.

“We’ve been working with them as a partner, just trying to figure it out,” Shanahan said. “For us to be heading out here yesterday and the relationship we have with them, for all of our players and coaches and everyone on that plane and our wives to find that out while we’re getting on a plane and no one to tell us. It was just extremely disappointing.”

The 49ers (5-6) currently stand one game behind the Cardinals for the final wild-card spot in the NFC playoff picture.

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