The NFL has released the full list of opponents each team will face in the 2013 season.
The league provided a detailed document that lists home and away matchups for each of the 32 franchises. It also explains the procedure used to determine scheduling.
As the document describes, six of each team’s 16 games are devoted to division opponents. In addition, each franchise faces all four teams from a division within its own conference, in addition to every team from a division in the other conference.
The matchups between divisions rotate every season.
Each team’s final two games will be intraconference battles with opponents from the other two divisions that it is not set to face in 2013. These matchups are based on the 2012 standings, and first-place finishers in each division will face each other, as will second-place finishers, and so on.
For example, the Atlanta Falcons will play six games against teams within their own division (NFC South). They are scheduled to play each team in the NFC West and the AFC East as well.
After finishing first in their division, their other two games will be against the Green Bay Packers, who won the NFC North, and the Washington Redskins, who won the NFC East.
While the opponents and the location of each game have been determined, the document notes that the full schedule will not be released until the spring.
The document also highlights two important dates for the 2013 season. The season opener will be on Thursday, Sept. 5, and Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Feb. 2.
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