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Colts-Patriots to open 2004 season
PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2004) -- The NFL announced four key games of its 2004 Kickoff Weekend that begins with a Thursday night, Sept. 9, primetime rematch of the 2003 AFC Championship Game -- the Indianapolis Colts at the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).
On Sunday, Sept. 12, the FOX national doubleheader game at 4:15 p.m. ET will feature the Dallas Cowboys at the Minnesota Vikings. Dallas reached the playoffs last season as a wild-card team, while Minnesota narrowly missed the playoffs when it was defeated on the final play of its season in Arizona.
The Sunday night primetime game (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) will be an AFC West Division matchup between two 2003 playoff teams, the Kansas City Chiefs at the Denver Broncos.
The Sept. 13 Monday night opener (ABC, 9 p.m. ET) will feature another meeting of playoff clubs -- the Green Bay Packers at the NFC champion Carolina Panthers.
Also on Sunday, Sept. 12, CBS, which has U.S. Open tennis in the late time slot, will carry a lineup of early regional NFL games. CBS will televise the NFL national doubleheader late game in Week 2.
The announcement of the Kickoff Weekend games was made by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
The rest of the 2004 regular-season schedule will be announced later this spring.