The NFL's 100th season will open with the 199th meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the league announced Monday that it would forgo the traditional opening-night matchup in which the Super Bowl winner hosts the first game of the season on the Thursday of Week 1.

Instead, one of the NFL's classic rivalries will open the season on Thursday, September 5 from Chicago's Soldier Field in prime time on NBC. The league also announced that the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will open their season on Sunday Night Football at home against an opponent to be determined.

Last season the Packers hosted the Bears at Lambeau Field to open the historic 100th season of football in Green Bay. The Packers won that game but lost in Week 15 at Chicago where the Bears clinched the NFC North title.

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