NFL schedule: rivalries and revenges in the spotlight in 2024

Even though the Super Bowl rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers won’t take place until the halfway point of the season, NFL fans will be treated to two playoff rematches this weekend. end of opening.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs begin their quest for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl by hosting the Baltimore Ravens on September 5 in the season opener, while the Los Angeles Rams host the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s game evening on September 8.

The two games in the first week of the playoffs are among the nine games on the regular season schedule, which was released by the league Wednesday evening.

The Ravens-Chiefs game is a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game, which Kansas City won 17-10. Kansas City will travel to San Francisco on October 20, having defeated the 49ers 25-22 in the second overtime game in Super Bowl history.

Kansas City next travels to Buffalo on Nov. 17 for what is becoming an annual game. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the two teams have faced each other in the regular season. The Bills have won three straight in the regular season, but the Chiefs have taken all three of their victories in the playoffs.

Matthew Stafford (Rams) and Jared Goff (Detroit) will face their former teams for the third time, including in the playoffs. The Lions won their first playoff game in 32 years by defeating the Rams 24–23 in the first round.

The rematch of the NFC championship game between the 49ers and Lions won’t take place until Dec. 30 in San Francisco, which is the final Monday night game of the season.

The NFL has released the full schedule for its 105th season, after unveiling four international games and the two Christmas Day games earlier Wednesday. The calendar has been released for the past two years on the second Thursday in May, but was delayed slightly this year.

Although a memo was sent to teams late last week stating the schedule would be released Wednesday evening, it wasn’t until Monday morning that it was finalized.

The league announced Tuesday that Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets will open the season Sept. 9 in San Francisco on “Monday Night Football.”

Among other highlights…

Kirk Cousins’ first game with the Atlanta Falcons will be at home on September 8, when they host Russell Wilson and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cousins ​​signed a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons.

Wilson debuted with the Steelers after being released by Denver. This game will also mark the return of Arthur Smith, offensive coordinator of the Steelers after being fired as coach of the Falcons.

Caleb Williams, Chicago’s first overall pick in last month’s draft, will make his Bears debut against Tennessee. Chicago will then travel to Houston for a Sunday, September 15 game against the Texans and Offensive Rookie of the Year CJ Stroud.

The top two draft picks could meet Oct. 27 in Washington when the Bears face the Commanders and Jayden Daniels.

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