(KXAN) — The 2021 NFL season will kick off with the Dallas Cowboys traveling to the home of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, Sept. 9 on NBC (KXAN).
NBC (KXAN) will be the primetime Sunday night spot for the NFL again this year in what the league is calling “the biggest season ever.”
During the offseason, the NFL owners voted to add another game to the regular season schedule, moving to a 17-game season after the league has played a 16-game schedule for the last 43 years.
The complete week 1 NFL schedule was released Wednesday morning. The Chicago Bears will travel to the Los Angeles Rams for the first Sunday primetime game of the season on Sept. 12 on KXAN in the Austin market.
Notable Sunday Night Football matchups to watch
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to be on Sunday Night Football two times during the 2021 season on Halloween (Oct. 31) at the Minnesota Vikings and at home on Dec. 26 against the Washington Football Team.
In week 4, Oct. 3, Tom Brady will return to Foxboro for a meeting with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The next week, Oct. 10, will be an AFC Championship rematch with the Buffalo Bills traveling to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Seven of the 17 announced Sunday night matchups will feature inter-divisional rivals.
2021 Sunday Night Football schedule
|1||Sept. 12||Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams|
|2||Sept. 19||Kansas City at Baltimore Ravens|
|3||Sept. 26||Green Bay at San Francisco|
|4||Oct. 3||Tampa Bay at New England|
|5||Oct. 10||Buffalo at Kansas City|
|6||Oct. 17||Seattle at Pittsburgh|
|7||Oct. 24||Indianapolis at San Francisco|
|8||Oct. 31||Dallas at Minnesota|
|9||Nov. 7||Tennessee at Los Angeles Rams|
|10||Nov. 14||Kansas City at Las Vegas|
|11||Nov. 21||Pittsburgh at Los Angeles Chargers|
|12||Nov. 28||Cleveland at Baltimore|
|13||Dec. 5||San Francisco at Seattle|
|14||Dec. 12||Chicago at Green Bay|
|15||Dec. 19||New Orleans at Tampa Bay|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington at Dallas|
|17||Jan. 2||Minnesota at Green Bay|