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Slate includes two Christmas Day games

Updated: April 15, 2004, 1:23 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- Peyton Manning knew he would be on stage facing the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the Thursday prime time opener. He found out Wednesday that he also will be working on Thanksgiving Day.

The NFL announced its 17-week, 256-game regular season schedule, whick kicks off with the Patriots hosting the Indianapolis Colts on September 9 in a rematch of the AFC championship game and concludes on Sunday, January 2.

The opening Monday night game will have ...

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