It’s Official Here’s the 2013 NFL Schedule

The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2013, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 5 and concludes on Sunday, December 29 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 5 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will feature the defending-champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a rematch of last year’s double-overtime AFC Divisional Playoff Game.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football will get underway on September 8 when the Dallas Cowboys host the division-rival New York Giants (8:30 PM ET).

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 9 with a doubleheader on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Washington Redskins will host the Philadelphia Eagles (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the Houston Texans visiting the San Diego Chargers (10:20 PM ET).

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 29. For the fourth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games at the end of the season with playoff ramifications.

The season concludes on Sunday, February 2 with Super Bowl XLVIII, the historic New York/New Jersey Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (FOX).

Thanksgiving will feature an NFL tripleheader on Thursday, November 28. The first game will send the Green Bay Packers to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, FOX) in an NFC North showdown. The late afternoon game will feature the Oakland Raiders visiting Dallas (4:30 PM ET, CBS). The holiday concludes with an AFC North matchup as the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Baltimore on NBC (8:30 PM ET).

The NFL will again play beyond the borders of the United States in 2013. This season, the league will take an historic step in its international development with two regular-season games being played in the United Kingdom at London’s Wembley Stadium. On September 29, the Minnesota Vikings will host Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, CBS). One month later, on October 27, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the San Francisco 49ers (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Then on December 1, the Buffalo Bills will venture north to Canada for the sixth consecutive season when they host the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (4:05 PM ET, FOX).

NFL Network will feature 13 games – all on Thursday nights – from Weeks 2-15 (excluding Week 13 on Thanksgiving night). The NFL Network slate will start on Thursday, September 12 (8:25 PM ET) with an AFC East contest featuring the New England Patriots hosting the New York Jets.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 29. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 4 and end in Week 12.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 4-5. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 19. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII.

FOX will present the NFC, the NFC playoffs, the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLVIII. CBS will carry AFC games, the AFC playoffs and the AFC Championship Game. The 64 AFC-NFC interconference games (excluding primetime) are carried by CBS when the AFC team is the visitor and by FOX when the NFC team is on the road. All postseason games are televised nationally. In addition to its regular-season package, NBC will televise a Wild Card playoff doubleheader on Saturday, January 4, and the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 26.

By NFL policy, ESPN and NFL Network games also will be carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and, if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff, in the city where the game is played.



New Orleans Saints


N.Y. Giants


Sep. 8 Atlanta Falcons 12:00p Sep. 8 at Dallas Cowboys 8:30p
Sep. 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3:05p Sep. 15 Denver Broncos 4:25p
Sep. 22 Arizona Cardinals 12:00p Sep. 22 at Carolina Panthers 1:00p
Sep. 30 Miami Dolphins (Mon) 7:40p Sep. 29 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00p
Oct. 6 at Chicago Bears 12:00p Oct. 6 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p
Oct. 13 at New England Patriots 3:25p Oct. 10 at Chicago Bears (Thurs) 8:25p
Oct. 20 BYE Oct. 21 Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 8:40p
Oct. 27 Buffalo Bills 12:00p Oct. 27 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p
Nov. 3 at New York Jets 12:00p Nov. 3 BYE
Nov. 10 Dallas Cowboys 7:30p Nov. 10 Oakland Raiders 1:00p
Nov. 17 San Francisco 49ers 3:25p Nov. 17 Green Bay Packers * 8:30p
Nov. 21 at Atlanta Falcons (Thurs) 7:25p Nov. 24 Dallas Cowboys 4:25p
Dec. 2 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 7:40p Dec. 1 at Washington Redskins * 8:30p
Dec. 8 Carolina Panthers 12:00p Dec. 8 at San Diego Chargers 4:25p
Dec. 15 at St. Louis Rams 12:00p Dec. 15 Seattle Seahawks 1:00p
Dec. 22 at Carolina Panthers 12:00p Dec. 22 at Detroit Lions 4:05p
Dec. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00p Dec. 29 Washington Redskins 1:00p
Philadelphia Eagles


St. Louis Rams


Sep. 9 at Washington Redskins (Mon) 7:10p Sep. 8 Arizona Cardinals 3:25p
Sep. 15 San Diego Chargers 1:00p Sep. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00p
Sep. 19 Kansas City Chiefs (Thurs) 8:25p Sep. 22 at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p
Sep. 29 at Denver Broncos 4:25p Sep. 26 San Francisco 49ers (Thurs) 7:25p
Oct. 6 at New York Giants 1:00p Oct. 6 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00p
Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p Oct. 13 at Houston Texans 12:00p
Oct. 20 Dallas Cowboys 1:00p Oct. 20 at Carolina Panthers 12:00p
Oct. 27 New York Giants 1:00p Oct. 28 Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 7:40p
Nov. 3 at Oakland Raiders 4:05p Nov. 3 Tennessee Titans 12:00p
Nov. 10 at Green Bay Packers 1:00p Nov. 10 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00p
Nov. 17 Washington Redskins 1:00p Nov. 17 BYE
Nov. 24 BYE Nov. 24 Chicago Bears 12:00p
Dec. 1 Arizona Cardinals 1:00p Dec. 1 at San Francisco 49ers 3:05p
Dec. 8 Detroit Lions 1:00p Dec. 8 at Arizona Cardinals 3:25p
Dec. 15 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00p Dec. 15 New Orleans Saints 12:00p
Dec. 22 Chicago Bears 1:00p Dec. 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00p
Dec. 29 at Dallas Cowboys 1:00p Dec. 29 at Seattle Seahawks 3:25p
San Francisco 49ers


Seattle Seahawks


Sep. 8 Green Bay Packers 1:25p Sep. 8 at Carolina Panthers 10:00a
Sep. 15 at Seattle Seahawks 5:30p Sep. 15 San Francisco 49ers 5:30p
Sep. 22 Indianapolis Colts 1:25p Sep. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:25p
Sep. 26 at St. Louis Rams (Thurs) 5:25p Sep. 29 at Houston Texans 10:00a
Oct. 6 Houston Texans 5:30p Oct. 6 at Indianapolis Colts 10:00a
Oct. 13 Arizona Cardinals 1:25p Oct. 13 Tennessee Titans 1:05p
Oct. 20 at Tennessee Titans 1:05p Oct. 17 at Arizona Cardinals (Thurs) 5:25p
Oct. 27 at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 10:00a Oct. 28 at St. Louis Rams (Mon) 5:40p
Nov. 3 BYE Nov. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:05p
Nov. 10 Carolina Panthers 1:05p Nov. 10 at Atlanta Falcons 10:00a
Nov. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1:25p Nov. 17 Minnesota Vikings 1:25p
Nov. 25 at Washington Redskins (Mon) 5:40p Nov. 24 BYE
Dec. 1 St. Louis Rams 1:05p Dec. 2 New Orleans Saints (Mon) 5:40p
Dec. 8 Seattle Seahawks 1:25p Dec. 8 at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p
Dec. 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10:00a Dec. 15 at New York Giants 10:00a
Dec. 23 Atlanta Falcons (Mon) 5:40p Dec. 22 Arizona Cardinals 1:05p
Dec. 29 at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p Dec. 29 St. Louis Rams 1:25p
Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Washington Redskins


Sep. 8 at New York Jets 1:00p Sep. 9 Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 7:10p
Sep. 15 New Orleans Saints 4:05p Sep. 15 at Green Bay Packers 1:00p
Sep. 22 at New England Patriots 1:00p Sep. 22 Detroit Lions 1:00p
Sep. 29 Arizona Cardinals 1:00p Sep. 29 at Oakland Raiders 4:25p
Oct. 6 BYE Oct. 6 BYE
Oct. 13 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p Oct. 13 at Dallas Cowboys 8:30p
Oct. 20 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p Oct. 20 Chicago Bears 1:00p
Oct. 24 Carolina Panthers (Thurs) 8:25p Oct. 27 at Denver Broncos 4:25p
Nov. 3 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05p Nov. 3 San Diego Chargers 1:00p
Nov. 11 Miami Dolphins (Mon) 8:40p Nov. 7 at Minnesota Vikings (Thurs) 8:25p
Nov. 17 Atlanta Falcons 1:00p Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p
Nov. 24 at Detroit Lions 1:00p Nov. 25 San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 8:40p
Dec. 1 at Carolina Panthers 1:00p Dec. 1 New York Giants * 8:30p
Dec. 8 Buffalo Bills 1:00p Dec. 8 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00p
Dec. 15 San Francisco 49ers 1:00p Dec. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p
Dec. 22 at St. Louis Rams 1:00p Dec. 22 Dallas Cowboys 1:00p
Dec. 29 at New Orleans Saints 1:00p Dec. 29 at New York Giants 1:00p
* – Sunday night games in Weeks 11-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD




Jan. 4-5: NFL Wild Card Weekend

Jan. 11-12: NFL Divisional Weekend

Sunday, Jan. 19: NFL Conference Championship Games

Sunday, Jan. 26: 2014 NFL Pro Bowl

Sunday, Feb. 2: Super Bowl XLVIII (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)



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