Season Begins Against 49ers

The NFL announced its 2012 schedule on Tuesday, and Green Bay will play five games in prime time. It starts with a challenging stretch of games against the 49ers, Bears, Seahawks and Saints, followed by a three-game road trip.

The Green Bay Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers in a showdown pitting NFC powerhouses in a season-opening showdown on Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field.

The Packers' opponents have been known since the end of the season; the NFL announced the full schedule on Tuesday evening.

Here it is:

PRESEASON

Thursday, August 9

at San Diego Chargers

7 p.m. (ESPN)


Thursday, August 16

Cleveland Browns

(Midwest Shrine Game)

7 p.m. (state)


Thursday, August 23

at Cincinnati Bengals

6 p.m. (state)


Thursday, August 30

Kansas City Chiefs

(Bishop's Charities Game)

6 p.m. (state)



REGULAR SEASON

home games in bold

WEEK 1: Sunday, September 9

San Francisco 49ers

3:15 p.m. (Fox)


WEEK 2: Thursday, September 13

Chicago Bears

7:20 p.m. (NFL Network)


WEEK 3: Monday, September 24

at Seattle Seahawks

7:30 p.m. (ESPN)


WEEK 4: Sunday, September 30

New Orleans Saints

3:15 p.m. (Fox)


WEEK 5: Sunday, October 7

at Indianapolis Colts

noon (Fox)


WEEK 6: Sunday, October 14

at Houston Texans

7:20 p.m. (NBC)


WEEK 7: Sunday, October 21

at St. Louis Rams

noon (Fox)


WEEK 8: Sunday, October 28

Jacksonville Jaguars

noon (CBS)


WEEK 9: Sunday, November 4

Arizona Cardinals

noon (Fox)


WEEK 10: Sunday, November 11

Open Date


WEEK 11: Sunday, November 18

at Detroit Lions

*noon (Fox)


WEEK 12: Sunday, November 25

at New York Giants

*7:20 p.m. (NBC)


WEEK 13: Sunday, December 2

Minnesota Vikings

*noon (Fox)


WEEK 14: Sunday, December 9

Detroit Lions

*7:20 p.m. (NBC)


WEEK 15: Sunday, December 16

at Chicago Bears

*noon (Fox)


WEEK 16: Sunday, December 23

Tennessee Titans

*noon (CBS)


WEEK 17: Sunday, December 30

at Minnesota Vikings

*noon (Fox)


* Start time and broadcast may shift due to flexible scheduling


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