2005 home and road opponents announced

The conclusion of the regular season means the league can dot the i's and cross the t's for each team's 2005 NFL regular season opponents. For the Packers, that means a full dance card including a homecoming for Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks, road trips that head south and east, and a date with the powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers.<p>

The 2005 Packers will host the obvious division opponents - Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings - plus New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Away games will bring the Packers to Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore and again to Philadelphia, as well as the division road trips.

The league reformatted the schedule formula in 2002 at the same time as the division realignment. No longer heavily reliant on order of finish, the new formula guarantees that all teams play eachother on a regular, rotating basis, according to the NFL.

Here's how the 16-game schedule breaks down for each team:

*Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games). *The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games). ·*The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games). ·*Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

Dates and times, will be announced in the spring. It has been announced that NFL Kickoff 2005 Weekend will begin on Thursday, Sept. 8, and the regular season will conclude on January 1.

Wild Card Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, 2006; Divisional Playoff games on the weekend of Jan. 14-15, 2006; and the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, will be played on Sunday, Feb. 5.

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