The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night and we now know we'll see Peyton Manning early and often. The new Denver Broncos quarterback is likely the biggest reason the Broncos are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional-round playoff rematch in the first Sunday night game of the season.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" schedule is really loaded with great games almost every week. The Detroit Lions will play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, while the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will meet in Week 3. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, and the New Orleans Saints and their bounty investigation will be in prime time the following week.
The annual Ravens-Steelers matchup is on Sunday night, as well. The Patriots and New York Jets will face off on Thanksgiving.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" schedule is as follows:
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
Week 2: Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5: San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 7: Philadelphia Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
Week 10: Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (Thanksgiving)
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 14: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 15: San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots
Week 16: San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets