UNDATED (WHBL) - For the second time in four years, the Green Bay Packers will play in the N-F-L's Thursday night regular season kickoff event. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will host the Pack on September fourth. The last time the Packers played there, the replacement referees awarded a touchdown to Seattle receiver Golden Tate on the game's final play - although replays showed that Packers' defender M-D Jennings came down with the ball. Green Bay lost the so-called "Fail Mary" game 14-12. Coach Mike McCarthy knows that loss will be examined heavily between now and the September fourth matchup, and he's quick to point out that it won't be about the past, but rather about the 2014 Packers. Both Jennings and Tate have since moved onto other teams. For now, at least, Green Bay has five night games - two on Thursdays. The other one is a home contest with Minnesota October second. They also have two tentative Sunday Night games at New Orleans on October 26th and Chicago at home November 9th. Those games could be moved if the league and N-B-C find more compelling match-ups, which is what happened to Green Bay twice in 2013 when Aaron Rodgers was hurt. The "flexible scheduling" for Sunday Night Football now begins at Week-Five instead of Week-11 as in the past. The Pack's other national night game is a Monday nighter on December 8th at home against Atlanta. Overall, Green Bay has the N-F-L's 13th toughest schedule, with an opponents' record of .504 from a year ago.
Here's the complete schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 9, at Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22, Oakland, 7 p.m., CBS
Thursday, Aug. 28, Kansas City, 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 4, at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. NBC
Sunday, September 14, New York Jets, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Sunday, September 21, at Detroit, Noon, Fox
Sunday, September 28, at Chicago, Noon Fox
Thursday, October 2, Minnesota, 7:25 p.m. CBS-NFL Network
*Sunday, October 12, at Miami, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, October 19, Carolina, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, October 26, at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m., NBC
Sunday, November 2 - Bye
*Sunday November 9, Chicago, 7:30 p.m., NBC
*Sunday, November 16, Philadelphia, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, November 23, at Minnesota, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, November 30, New England, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Monday, December 8, Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
*Sunday, December 14, at Buffalo, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, December 21, at Tampa Bay, Noon, Fox
*Sunday, December 28, Detroit, Noon, Fox
*Start time may change due to the NFL's Flexible Scheduling