via press release:
NFL MVP AARON RODGERS & PACKERS HOST BEARS IN OPENER OF EXPANDED NFL NETWORK 2012 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
185th Bears-Packers Game Kicks Off NFLN’s 13-Game Schedule in Week 2
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning & Giants visit Rookie of Year Cam Newton & Panthers in Week 3
Peyton Manning’s first visit to Oakland’s “Black Hole” as Broncos QB
9 Division Matchups Highlighted
NFL Network today announced its expanded 13-game, regular-season primetime Thursday Night Football schedule which kicks off in Week 2 (Sept. 13) and features nine 2011 playoff teams, including six which won division crowns and both NFC Championship Game teams (Giants and 49ers). Game times for the contests are 8:00 PM ET.
Among the highlights of NFL Network’s 2012 schedule:
- Opener features 185th meeting between Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers – the most-played rivalry in NFL history.
- No. 1 drafted QBs face off in Week 3 – Giants’ Eli Manning (two-time Super Bowl MVP) and Carolina’s Cam Newton (2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year)
- Peyton Manning’s first start as Broncos QB at Oakland’s “Black Hole”
- Indianapolis and their new No. 1 overall draft pick at Jacksonville
- New Orleans visits Atlanta in a meeting of clubs which have won past three NFC South titles
- Nine divisional matchups
The critically acclaimed Thursday Night Football broadcast team returns featuring Emmy-nominated game analyst Mike Mayock, play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.
NFL Network 2012 Thursday Night Football Schedule
Week 2: Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 PM ET
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Week 3: Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 PM ET
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
Week 4: Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Week 5: Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 PM ET
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Week 6: Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
Week 7: Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 PM ET
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Week 8: Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Week 9: Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
Week 10: Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 11: Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 PM ET
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Week 13: Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Week 14: Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 PM ET
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Week 15: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 PM ET
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
For the entire 2012 NFL schedule, visit www.NFL.com.
This year marks the seventh season of live regular season primetime games on NFL Network. Last year’s edition of Thursday Night Football was the most-watched in the network’s history with a record average of 7.3 million viewers per game (including OTAs).
Each NFL Network game telecast will feature a live, two-hour pregame show. In addition, a one-hour postgame show will wrap up the action with interviews, highlights and press conferences.
NFL.com LIVE again will offer complementary Thursday Night Football game coverage including select live video, statistics and interactive applications.
NFL Network games also will be carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and in the city where the game is played if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff.
NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network dedicated entirely to the NFL and the sport of football. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.