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Cardinals Will Host 49ers Dec. 26; Niners Also Moving Home Games To Arizona

With COVID restrictions, State Farm Stadium will be home to two teams

The Cardinals and running back Kenyan Drake (41) will play host to the 49ers on a Saturday game the day after Christmas.
The Cardinals and running back Kenyan Drake (41) will play host to the 49ers on a Saturday game the day after Christmas.

The Cardinals' home game against the 49ers, originally left open for either a Saturday or Sunday game on the original schedule, has been set for Saturday, Dec. 26 at State Farm Stadium.

Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET)

In what is an interesting twist to the game, it won't be the only time the 49ers play at State Farm Stadium in December.

Santa Clara county in California -- where the Niners practice and play their games -- has imposed a temporary ban on all contact sports, including on the pro level, through Dec. 21. The Niners would also have to go through a quarantine period if they were to leave the county to play and return.

That means they will need a place to play and practice, and Monday, the 49ers announced they will play their next two home games -- Dec. 7 on a Monday night against the Bills and Dec. 13 against Washington -- at State Farm Stadium.

Fortunately, none of the 49ers' remaining home games are in direct conflict with the Cardinals home schedule. Only once are both teams playing at home the rest of the season -- this coming week, when the Cardinals host the Rams on Sunday, Dec. 6 and the 49ers host the Bills the next night.

"That's obviously a challenging situation for them," Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "I'm glad it worked out that we could host them in a way and allow them to use these facilities and continue to keep their season going. That's kind of 2020 in a nutshell."

Counting the Dec. 26 game, the 49ers have has many games at State Farm Stadium this month as the Cardinals.

The league is using the Dec. 26 game as a chance to broadcast it nationally exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, as the NFL continues to look to the future of how their games might be distributed to viewers. Locally, the game will still be broadcast over the air as well on Fox 10, in addition to being streamed on the Cardinals' mobile properties.

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