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NFL Announces Its Season Opening Game For 2019

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: A general view of Solider Field as the Chicago Bears take on the Denver Boncos during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The upcoming 2019 season will be the NFL's 100th campaign. To celebrate the occasion, the league has scheduled an opening night matchup featuring two of its oldest rivals.

Today, the NFL announced that the first game of the 2019 season will feature the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. The game will be played on Thursday night, September 5 in Chicago.

Typically, the defending Super Bowl champion will play on opening night. However, the league has altered its Week 1 schedule this year because of its centennial anniversary.

Instead of playing on Thursday, the world champion New England Patriots will open up on Sunday night.

The Bears are coming off a 12-4 season and the franchise's first playoff appearance in eight years. However, Chicago lost its first playoff game in heartbreaking fashion when kicker Cody Parkey missed a last-second field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Packers are coming off a 6-9-1 showing and a second consecutive year of no playoffs. They will also be breaking in a first-year head coach in Matt LaFleur.

We are 164 days away from the NFL opening up, but who is counting anyway?