Green Bay at Seattle opens up 2014 NFL regular season
Revenge of the “Fail Mary.”
That will be the rallying cry for Green Bay Packer fans for the first game of the NFL regular season.
The Packers will play at the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, Sept. 4, to open the 2014 regular season. The NFL schedule was released Wednesday night.
The Packer-Seahawk matchup should be a network ratings bonanza. Not only does it match two of the top teams in the NFC, but also it is the first regular-season meeting between the two teams since the 2012 matchup.
In that game, which was a Monday Night Football matchup, replacement officials ruled a last-second pass from Seattle QB Russell Wilson to Golden Tate complete for a touchdown, which gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.
Packer defender M.D. Jennings appeared to have intercepted the pass, with Tate grabbing the ball as they fell to the ground.
Get ready to see that replay hundreds of times in the week leading up to the game.
In addition, Packer fans would like to see Aaron Rodgers put a ball into the mouth of Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman.
In other top games on the Packer schedule, which includes a Thursday night game at home Oct. 2 against the Vikings and a Monday night game at home against Atlanta on Dec. 8:
Patriots at Green Bay—The matchup of Rodgers and Patriot QB Tom Brady might attract a few viewers, don't you think?
Green Bay at Chicago on Sept. 28 and Chicago at Green Bay on Sunday night, Nov. 9—Packer fans still are crowing about the Rodgers-to-Randall Cobb pass in the final seconds of the final regular-season game of 2013, which gave the Packers a 33-28 victory and a spot in the playoffs and sent the Bears home.
Green Bay at New Orleans—A matchup between Rodgers and Saints QB Drew Brees should keep the scoreboard ringing on Sunday night, Oct. 26. This game goes head to head against a World Series game.
I'll take the Packer-Saints game and give you 2 million viewers for the most watched event that night.
Carolina at Green Bay—Carolina brings its rugged defense to Lambeau Field on Oct. 19.
The complete schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 4—At Seattle, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 14—N.Y. Jets, 3:25 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 21—At Detroit, noon; Sunday, Sept. 28—At Chicago, noon.
Thursday, Oct. 2—Minnesota, 7:25 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 12—At Miami, noon; Sunday, Oct. 19, Carolina, noon; Sunday, Oct. 26—At New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2—Bye; Sunday, Nov. 9—Chicago, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 16—Philadelphia, noon; Sunday, Nov. 23—At Minnesota, noon; Sunday, Nov. 30—New England, 3:25 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 8—Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14—At Buffalo, noon; Sunday, Dec. 21—At Tamp Bay, noon; Sunday, Dec. 28—Detroit, noon.