Patriots-Colts open on a Thursday night

Updated: March 30, 2004, 9:19 AM ET
Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Super Bowl champion New England will host the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of the AFC title game to open the 2004 NFL season on Sept. 9.

The league's third Thursday night opener will be televised by ABC as part of its "Monday Night Football" package.

Other Week 1 games announced Monday at the NFL meetings:

  • Green Bay at NFC champion Carolina on Monday night, Sept. 13;
  • Dallas at Minnesota in the featured national telecast by Fox on Sept. 12;
  • and Kansas City at Denver in ESPN's Sunday night game.

    The rest of the NFL's 2004 schedule will be announced in April.

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