The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 10 at Heinz Field.
The game is first of four primetime games that highlights kickoff weekend in the league.
It pits the Super Bowl champion Steelers against the Titans, who posted the NFL’s best regular season record last year at 13-3.
NBC will carry the game nationally. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central, and sets up a rematch from a game tinged with controversy last year at LP Field.
When the clubs met last Dec. 21, the Titans won handily 31-14, and then set off a controversy when Titans players LenDale White and Keith Bulluck were seen stomping on the yellow Terrible Towels that many Steelers fans had brought to the stadium.
Also adding to the plot is the defection of Steelers free agent wide receiver Nate Washington to the Titans. He signed a six-year, $27 million deal earlier in the off-season.
The Titans also open the preseason this year in Canton, Ohio at the annual Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 9.
In addition to the Titans and Steelers being a part of the primetime schedule for the opening weekend, NBC will carry the Sunday night game between Green Bay and Chicago with ESPN televising two Monday night games the following night - Buffalo at New England and San Diego at Oakland.
The NFL also announced its Thanksgiving Day games with Green Bay visiting Detroit, Oakland at Dallas and the New York Giants traveling to Denver in primetime on the NFL Network.