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The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2015, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 10 in New England and concludes on Sunday, January 3 with 16 division games.
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 10 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will spotlight the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
Week 1 is a CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 13 (4:25 PM ET) featuring the Baltimore Ravens at the Denver Broncos.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 13 when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants (8:30 PM ET).
Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 14 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Atlanta Falcons will host the Philadelphia Eagles (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the Minnesota Vikings at the San Francisco 49ers (10:20 PM ET).
ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.
A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today, including the Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in Week 3 and the Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, CBS) on Thanksgiving Day. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.
The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the sixth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.
The Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii on Sunday, January 31 (ESPN) and be played at Aloha Stadium. The season concludes the following week on Sunday, February 7 with Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium (CBS), capping a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl.
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