NBC SPORTS KICKS OFF 100TH NFL SEASON WITH PACKERS-BEARS RIVALRY FOLLOWED BY STEELERS-PATRIOTS
NBC Sunday Night Football, America’s No. 1 primetime television show for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, gets “Back to Football,” broadcasting 19 NFL games during the 2019 regular season.
NBC, the first network to broadcast an NFL game (Philadelphia Eagles at Brooklyn Dodgers, Oct. 22, 1939 from Ebbets Field), will televise the first game of the NFL’s milestone 100th season on Thursday, Sept. 5, from Soldier Field in Chicago, as Khalil Mack and the defending NFC North-champion Bears host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2019 at 8:20 p.m. ET. Packers-Bears is the most-played rivalry in NFL history, with the Kickoff game the 199th meeting between the clubs (first game was Nov. 27, 1921).
Then, in the season opener of Sunday Night Football on Sunday, Sept. 8, New England will raise its sixth Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., before Tom Brady and the Patriots host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Roethlisberger-Brady meeting in Week 1 is the first of an NBC SNF schedule packed with star-studded quarterback matchups, headlined by 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes facing two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers for the first time, as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27.
In addition to kicking off the 2019 NFL season, NBC will also broadcast a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 11-12, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 4-5 weekend.