MNF opener a rematch of NFC championship game
The Thursday night opener has become a tradition. This will be the fourth such opener, with the others played in Giants Stadium, FedEx Field and, last year, also at Gillette Stadium.
|'Great boost' for Atlanta|
General manager Rich McKay is thrilled that the Falcons will be featured on the opening Monday night game of the season, a rematch of the NFC championship game they lost to the Eagles in January.
To have the game in Atlanta is even more of a boost for the
franchise, he said.
"Last year, we didn't have a Monday night game at home, and
Monday night is special for players, fans, coaches, everyone," he
said. "Players really look forward to being on prime time and so
do the fans. It's a great boost for the organization."
In announcing the opening weekend's national TV schedule, the league also placed the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road for the first Monday night game. Philadelphia will be at the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of the NFC championship game as ABC begins its 36th season of MNF.
Also on the first weekend, the Indianapolis Colts will be at the Baltimore Ravens for the Sunday night game on ESPN, and the Dallas Cowboys visit the San Diego Chargers for the Fox afternoon doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press