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FOX 2009 NFL schedule kicks off on September 13th

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April 15th, 2009

it's NFL schedule announcement week.   Monday Night Football on ESPN and Sunday Night Football on NBC schedules are available, too.   Via FOX Sports press release:

NFL ON FOX KICKS-OFF SWEET 16th SEASON ON SEPT. 13th

2009 NFL on FOX Season Includes

65 Games Featuring Last Season's NFC Playoff Teams

NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals Featured 11 Times;

NFC Powerhouses Giants & Cowboys Make Nine Appearances Each

New York - The 16th season of the NFL on FOX premieres Sunday, Sept. 13 with doubleheader coverage of seven games anchored by Eli Manning and the NFC East Champion New York Giants hosting their division rival Washington Redskins in the late afternoon. Throughout the day, Week 1 action showcases several of the NFL's biggest stars and new head coaches including Steve Smith and the NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers hosting Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles. Also, first year head coach Raheem Morris and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys; All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson and NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings visiting Cleveland to take on Eric Mangini and the Browns and Kurt Warner and the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Francisco 49ers.        

At present, FOX Sports is scheduled to broadcast 109 regular-season games, including nine doubleheader Sundays and the traditional Thanksgiving Day game which this year features an NFC North showdown as the Detroit Lions and their new head coach Jim Schwartz host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at 12:30 PM ET.

NFL on FOX viewers can look forward to smash-mouth football on Sunday, Oct. 25 when the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, owners of the No. 1 ranked rushing defense in '08, host the NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings.  Other key matchups on the NFL on FOX schedule include four NFC East clashes over six weeks beginning with Eli Manning and the New York Giants' trip to the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, Nov. 1 when they look to avenge their '08 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Later in the month, the Dallas Cowboys are at home for a clash with the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Nov. 22.  On Sunday, Nov. 29 the Redskins travel to Philadelphia in hopes of shutting down Brian Westbrook and the Eagles running attack.  Another pivotal NFC East showdown anchors FOX's Sunday, Dec. 6 doubleheader when Wade Phillips and the Dallas Cowboys travel to New York to face Tom Coughlin's New York Giants at 4:15 PM ET.

Each week, coverage begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00-1:00 PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT), America's most-watched pregame show for 15-straight years. Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw return as co-host alongside Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, insider Jay Glazer and comedian Frank Caliendo. Since its premiere in September 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has won 19 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities, including four for Outstanding Studio Show.

In 2008, FOX Sports was once again the No. 1 NFL network, out-rating all other NFL rightsholders including The League's prime-time over-the-air package. Last season's average audience of 17.0 million makes it FOX's third most-watched season in fifteen years of covering the NFL. The NFC package on FOX out-rated the AFC package for the 14th-straight season.

For the second consecutive season, all NFL on FOX games are produced and broadcast in state-of-the-art HD beginning with three preseason broadcasts in August straight through coverage of the NFC's postseason.

The 2009 NFL on FOX season includes 65 games featuring last season's NFC playoff teams, including 11 games each featuring the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals and the NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings.  The NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers and their division rival Atlanta Falcons each have 12 scheduled games. The NFC East Champion New York Giants along with the Dallas Cowboys appear nine times apiece while their division rival Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled for 10 games.  FOX Sports' 2009 regular season schedule also includes two games featuring the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Once the playoff teams are determined, the NFL on FOX presents exclusive live postseason coverage, including an NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 10, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17, and the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24.

The NFL on FOX's 16th season of coverage begins with three prime-time preseason contests including America's first look at the Dallas Cowboys new state-of-the-art arena in Arlington on Friday, August 21 (8:00 PM ET). The Tennessee Titans, owners of the best regular season record in 2008 at 13-3, will be the first team to occupy the visitor's locker room of the new facility when they face the Cowboys. Additional preseason coverage on FOX Sports takes place on Thursday, August 20 (8:00 PM ET), when Peyton Manning and the Colts, led by new head coach Jim Caldwell host the Philadelphia Eagles. FOX Sports' final preseason broadcast comes Thursday, August 27 (8:00 PM ET) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the 2008 AFC East Champion Miami Dolphins.

David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of the NFL on FOX.  Bill Brown is Senior Producer and George Greenberg is Creative Director. Scott Ackerson is the Coordinating Producer of FOX NFL SUNDAY.

Following is a complete list of games on the 2009 NFL on FOX regular and postseason broadcast schedules.

2009 NFL ON FOX BROADCAST SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES ET)

Sunday, September 13
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

4:15 PM                       Washington Redskins at New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, September 20

1:00 PM                       New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 PM                       Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, September 27

1:00 PM                       Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots

Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams

4:05 PM                       Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks

New Orleans Saints at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, October 4

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

4:15 PM                       Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, October 11

1:00 PM                       Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams

4:05 PM                       Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, October 18

1:00 PM                       New York Giants at New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

St. Louis Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 PM                       Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, October 25

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans

4:15 PM                       Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers

New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, November 1

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts

4:15 PM                       New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, November 8

1:00 PM                       Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:05 PM                       Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Sunday, November 15

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

4:15 PM                       Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles at San Diego Chargers

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, November 22*

1:00 PM                       Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:05 PM                       Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

Thursday, November 26 (THANKSGIVING DAY)

12:30 PM                     Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Sunday, November 29*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers at New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

4:15 PM                       TBD

Sunday, December 6*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals

4:15 PM                       Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, December 13*

1:00 PM                       Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans

St. Louis Rams at Tennessee Titans

4:05 PM                       Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, December 20*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles

4:15 PM                       Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, December 27*

1:00 PM                       Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

4:05 PM                       St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, January 3*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY & CBS Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                       Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

4:15 PM                       Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

Washington Redskins at San Diego Chargers

Sunday, January 10, 2009

NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Saturday, January 16, 2009

NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 17, 2009

NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 24, 2009

NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

* NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 11-17 are part of the NFL's flexible schedule plan.  After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games likely moving to the late afternoon broadcast window.

 
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