In what is becoming a trend in professional sports, teams that meet in a championship game will face each other to open the season. That is what will happen in 2016 as the Carolina Panthers will travel to Denver to play the Broncos in a “rematch” of Super Bowl 50 as the team’s 2016 schedule was released Thursday evening.
This will be the Panthers first trip to the Mile High City since 2004 and it will be one of five prime time appearances by the defending NFC Champions. The game will be televised by NBC on Thursday, September 8 at 8:30 P.M. (Eastern).
Other prime time games include a divisional foe, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coming to Bank of America Stadium on Monday, Oct. 10 on ESPN. The Panthers will also host the New Orleans Saints at home on Thursday, Nov. 17 (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter).
In December, Carolina has two prime time contests, in Seattle against the Seahawks (Dec. 4, 8:30 P.M., NBC) and in the Nation’s Capital to tussle with the Redskins (Dec. 19, 8:30 P.M., ESPN).
“It’s exciting for our players to compete on a national stage,” head coach Ron Rivera said, in a release. “We have earned the right to be in the spotlight and we have to take advantage of it. Every season presents challenges and we are excited to get back to work.”
The Panthers get their BYE the weekend of Oct. 23 (Week 7). Here is the entire 2016 schedule
- Thursday Sept 8 @ Denver Broncos 8:30 pm NBC
- Sunday Sept 18 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:00 pm FOX
- Sunday Sept 25 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 1:00 pm FOX
- Sunday Oct 2 @ Atlanta Falcons 1:00 pm FOX
- Monday Oct 10 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 8:30 pm ESPN
- Sunday Oct 16 @ New Orleans Saints 1:00 pm* FOX
- Sunday Oct 23 BYE
- Sunday Oct 30 ARIZONA CARDINALS 4:25 pm* FOX
- Sunday Nov 6 @ Los Angeles Rams 4:05 pm* FOX
- Sunday Nov 13 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1:00 pm* CBS
- Thursday Nov 17 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 8:25 pm NBC/NFLN/TWITTER
- Sunday Nov 27 @ Oakland Raiders 4:25 pm* CBS
- Sunday Dec 4 @ Seattle Seahawks 8:30 pm* NBC
- Sunday Dec 11 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 1:00 pm* FOX
- Monday Dec 19 @ Washington Redskins 8:30 pm ESPN
- Saturday Dec 24 ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00 pm* FOX
- Sunday Jan 1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 pm* FOX
The 2016 preseason schedule has also been released with official dates:
- Thursday Aug 11 @ Baltimore Ravens 7:30 pm Panthers/TWC
- Saturday Aug 20 @ Tennessee Titans 3:00 pm Panthers/TWC
- Friday Aug 26 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 7:30 pm Panthers/TWC
- Thursday Sept 1 PITTSBURGH STEELERS 7:30 pm Panthers/TWC
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