National Football League season to open with Packers at Bears, Patriots on Sunday night

Fireworks go off over Gillette Stadium as the Patriots their 2014 championship banner before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

AP Fireworks go off over Gillette Stadium as the Patriots their 2014 championship banner before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bears and Packers met at Lambeau Field in Week 1 last season for the first time since 2015.

- Earlier in the offseason, it was rumored that the opening Thursday night contest of the NFL's 100th season would be the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears, with the Bears playing host.

Packers.com reports Bears will host the Packers on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Shortly following, it was finalized by the league that the season-opener is set in stone.

All NFL teams know which teams they'll face in the 2019 season, but the dates and times aren't expected until mid-April, which is when the league commonly announces the full schedule.

Will this be the start of a playoff season for Green Bay? The Green Bay Packers' regular season opener is 164 days away. This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular-season and post-season games.

The upcoming 2019 season will be the NFL's 100th campaign.

If you're already looking forward to Super Bowl LIV, mark your calendar for February 2, 2020.

In a change to the NFL's usual scheduling framework, the New England Patriots will begin their Super Bowl LIII title defense with a Sunday night game at Gillette Stadium. The game will be played in Miami and broadcast by Fox.

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