11 takeaways from 2014 NFL schedule

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during the game against the Green Bay...

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 23, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers will travel to Seattle to open the 2014 season. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images/AFP)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

The NFL finally released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday night, a week later than usual.

Eleven things you ought to know:

1. THE OPENER: As usual, the regular season kicks off on the Thursday night after Labour Day, at the home of the defending Super Bowl champion.

On Sept. 4 the Seattle Seahawks play host to the Green Bay Packers. It's a rematch of the infamous "Fail Mary" game of September 2012, in which the host Seahawks won at game's end after replacement officials ruled that receiver Golden Tate came down with the ball in the end zone, when it appeared to everyone that Packers safety M.D. Jennings instead had possession.

Now Tate is a Detroit Lion, and Jennings is a Chicago Bear.

2. ALSO IN WEEK 1: The marquee afternoon matchup of the first Sunday is San Francisco at Dallas. The Sunday primetime tilt features -- who else? -- Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who for the third straight season open their season at night. They play host to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

Otherwise, Week 1 has a lot of division rivalry games, including New Orleans at Atlanta, Cincinnati at Baltimore and New England at Miami.

The traditional Monday Night Football opening-week doubleheader features the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at (I'm already getting sleepy) Arizona (zzzz).


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