Packers open 2014 regular season at Seattle

In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)
In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

The Green Bay Packers will open the 2014 regular season at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The NFL released its schedule for the upcoming season on Wednesday night and the Packers and Seahawks will meet for the first time since the “Fail Mary” Game on Sept. 24, 2012, when the Seahawks defeated the Packers, 14-12, on a last-second touchdown pass that appeared to be an interception before an official raised his arms for a touchdown.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our football team,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “We have experience playing in the kickoff opener three years ago, and we will draw on that. Obviously, being the visiting team this time presents new challenges. It will help sharpen our focus even more during training camp and the preseason.”

The Packers’ home opener will be Week 2, Sept. 14, against the New York Jets. The Packers finish off the first month of the season with road games at Detroit (Sept. 21) and Chicago (Sept. 21), meaning three of the first four games are away from Lambeau Field.

In addition to the season opener, the Packers will be on prime-time Oct. 2 when they host Minnesota on a Thursday, play at New Orleans on Oct. 26 (Sunday), host Chicago on Nov. 9 (Sunday) and host Atlanta on Dec. 8 (Monday).

Overall, the Packers are on prime-time five times.

“It’s an honor,” McCarthy said. “I know our fans around the world always appreciate the chance to watch us on national TV. Playing under the lights always adds to the atmosphere at Lambeau Field, and on the road.”

The Packers’ bye week is  in the middle of the 17-week NFL regular season, Week 9.

“Ideally, that’s how you draw it up,” McCarthy said of when he’d prefer to have a bye week. “It will be a great time to re-evaluate and re-charge heading into November and December football.”

The Packers close the season with a road game at Minnesota (Dec. 21) and home against Detroit on Dec. 28.

Other highlights of the schedule are:

  • Oct. 12 at Miami: former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is the head coach for the Dolphins.
  • Nov. 30: host New England as two No. 12s will be at quarterback (Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers), provided both are healthy.

2014 PACKERS SCHEDULE
PRESEASON

Sat, Aug. 9……….at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (Packers network)
Sat. Aug. 16………at St. Louis, 3 p.m. (Packers network)
Fri., Aug. 22……..Oakland, 7 p.m. (CBS)
Thur., Aug. 28…….Kansas City, 6 p.m. (Packers network)

REGULAR SEASON
Thur., Sept. 4…….at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sun., Sept. 14…….New York Jets, 3:25 p.m. (CBS)
Sun., Sept. 21…….at Detroit, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Sun., Sept. 28…….at Chicago, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Thur., Oct. 2……..Minnesota (Gold pkg), 7:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sun., Oct. 12……..at Miami, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Sun., Oct. 19……..Carolina, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Sun., Oct. 26……..at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sun., Nov. 2………Bye
Sun., Nov. 9………Chicago, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sun., Nov. 16………Philadelphia (Gold pkg), 12 p.m. (FOX 11)

Sun., Nov. 23………at Minnesota, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Sun., Nov. 30………New England, 3:25 p.m. (CBS)
Mon., Dec. 8………Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sun., Dec. 14……..at Buffalo, 12 p.m., (FOX 11)
Sun., Dec. 21……..at Tampa Bay, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
Sun., Dec. 28……..Detroit, 12 p.m. (FOX 11)
* Start time may shift due to NFL flexible scheduling, which will be used in Weeks 11-17 this season.
It may also be applied in Weeks 5-10, but can be used in no more than two weeks during that period.
+ For the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed” by the NFL, moving between
CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

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