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Pats face Chiefs in NFL season kickoff

Sports Xchange - Friday 21st April, 2017

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will kick off the 2017 NFL season at home on Sept. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs as the NFL released the official regular-season schedule Thursday night.

The game between the Chiefs and Patriots is the league's annual season kickoff game on a Thursday night.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the league's owners meeting last month that he plans to attend the season opener. His appearance at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., would be his first since the Deflategate situation and the league's battle to uphold a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots also will host the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons in a Super Bowl rematch in a nationally televised night game on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The Falcons open the season on the road against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 10. They will play their first game at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 2, when they host the Green Bay Packers in a nationally televised night game on Sunday, Sept. 17. Atlanta beat Green Bay in last season's NFC Championship Game.

The Packers open their season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 10. The nationally televised game that night will feature the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys at ATT Stadium.

Two games will be played Monday, Sept. 11, with the New Orleans Saints playing on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, followed by the relocated Los Angeles Chargers playing at Denver against the Broncos.

Later in the season, the Patriots will play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Sunday, Nov. 19. The Raiders will play five prime-time games this year.

Four NFL games will be played in London during the 2017 season. The first one pits the Baltimore Ravens against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 24. The following week, the Miami Dolphins face the Saints. The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals will play their London game on Oct. 22, and the Cleveland Browns face the Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 29, in England.

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