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Seahawks, 49ers draw maximum early kickoffs

4/14/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Chargers emerged victorious in West Coast teams' efforts to reduce 10 a.m. PT kickoffs. San Diego drew just one early start in 2009. Prime-time road games against Pittsburgh and Tennessee helped the Chargers cut down on the number.

The 49ers and Seahawks each drew the maximum number of 10 a.m. PT kickoffs with six apiece. San Francisco's road games against Seattle and Arizona cannot begin that early. Same goes for Seattle's road games against San Francisco and Arizona.

The Cardinals came out more favorably. Three of their four early kickoffs begin at 11 a.m. in their time zone. I've included those in the chart, but those starts shouldn't be quite as difficult for Arizona, at least in theory.

The first chart shows how West Coast teams have fared in early kickoffs since 2005, separating games played against the Rams. That chart does not count neutral-site road games involving the 49ers and Chargers.