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NBC releases 2011-12 "Sunday Night Football" schedule

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As long as the National Football League and the players reach some kind of a deal, the 2011-12 "Sunday Night Football" schedule looks like an exciting one on paper.

16 of the 17 games include at least one of last year's playoff teams and 11 of them include two playoff teams.

Of particular interest to some football fans in eastern Iowa, the Chicago Bears will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day.  You can watch that game  on KWWL from the comfort of your living room.

The Saints and Packers, the last two Super Bowl Champions, will meet in the Thursday night NFL opening game.

"NBC Sunday Night Football" will make its first trip to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City as the Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.

2011 "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" SCHEDULE

Thurs. Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Sept. 11 Week 1 Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets

Sun. Sept. 18 Week 2 Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons

Sun. Sept. 25 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Oct. 2 Week 4 New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens

Sun. Oct. 9 Week 5 Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sun. Oct. 16 Week 6 Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Sun. Oct. 23 Week 7 Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints

Sun. Oct. 30 Week 8 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sun. Nov. 6 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Nov. 13 Week 10 New England Patriots at New York Jets

Sun. Nov. 20 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Sun. Nov. 27 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Sun. Dec. 4 *Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers

Sun. Dec. 25 *Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA

The Week 17 Teams will be announced by the NFL at least six days before the game to ensure a national game with playoff implications.

NBC will also use flexible scheduling again this season in Weeks 11-17.  In the case of a flexible scheduling move, the change would be announced at least 12 days before the game.  Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible for flexible scheduling.

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