'Sunday Night Football' Schedule Starts With Peyton Manning And Broncos Hosting Steelers

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 6: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans

Week 7: Philadelphia Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 8: New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

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

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more news and notes on the 2012 NFL schedule. Here is the 2012 NFL preseason schedule.

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