On Monday, March 25, 2019, the NFL announced that the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers, which is a change from the tradition of broadcasting the defending Super Bowl champions as host of the TNF game. The significance of the Bears’ centennial celebration was the reason — the Bears will get the honor of starting off the 2019 season for the entire National Football League.
The Patriots, who are the defending Super Bowl champions, will open on Sunday night instead. It marks the first time that the Bears have begun an NFL season with a Thursday night game.
“As an organization, we are thrilled to be kicking off the 100th season of football in the NFL. As a charter franchise, we cannot think of a better way to begin our centennial season by hosting our longtime rival in prime time at Soldier Field.”
— Chicago Bears chairman George H. McCaskey
The will mark the second-straight season that the Bears are facing the Packers to start the season and the third time in the last five years.
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