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Super Bowl rematch highlights 2009 preseason schedule

It's preseason but it'll have the look of the playoffs.

The NFL's slate of 11 nationally televised preseason games will feature all 12 2008 playoff teams, one of the highlights of the 2009 NFL preseason schedule announced today.

Among those games is a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII with the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Aug. 13 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The contest will take place six months after Pittsburgh defeated Arizona 27-23 at Raymond James Stadium in one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time.

One of the themes of the 2009 season will be the celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the American Football League. Two franchises that began playing in the inaugural 1960 AFL season - the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans (Houston Oilers) - will kick off the preseason in Canton, Ohio, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Sunday night, Aug. 9 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), the Bills will take on the Titans in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. That weekend will include the induction of the Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson into the Hall of Fame.

Following is the complete 2009 NFL preseason national TV schedule:

2009 NFL preseason national television schedule
Date Matchup TV (time)
Hall of Fame Game
Sunday, Aug. 9 Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, at Canton, Ohio NBC (8 p.m. ET)
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17)
Thursday, Aug. 13 Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 17 Carolina Panthers at New York Giants ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 2 (Aug. 20-24)
Thursday, Aug. 20 Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts FOX (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 21 Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys FOX (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 24 New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 3 (Aug. 27-31)
Thursday, Aug. 27 Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 28 New England Patriots at Washington Redskins CBS (8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Aug. 29 San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons CBS (8 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 30 Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos NBC (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 31 Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans ESPN (8 p.m. ET)

2009 NFL preseason schedule
Hall of Fame Game
Date Matchup
Aug. 9 Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, at Canton, Ohio (NBC)
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17)
Date Matchup
Aug. 13 Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)
Aug. 13 Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
Aug. 13 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens
Aug. 17 Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (ESPN)
TBD Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
TBD Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
TBD Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints
TBD Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
TBD Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
TBD Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
TBD Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
TBD Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts
TBD New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles
TBD St. Louis Rams at New York Jets
TBD Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
TBD Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
Week 2 (Aug. 20-24)
Date Matchup
Aug. 20 Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (FOX)
Aug. 21 Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Aug. 24 New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)
TBD Atlanta Falcons at St. Louis Rams
TBD Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
TBD Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins
TBD Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
TBD Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
TBD Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
TBD Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings
TBD New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans
TBD New York Giants at Chicago Bears
TBD Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers
TBD Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
TBD San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
TBD Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 (Aug. 27-31)
Date Matchup
Aug. 27 Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Aug. 27 Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
Aug. 28 New England Patriots at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Aug. 29 San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons (CBS)
Aug. 29 Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Aug. 29 San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Aug. 30 Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Aug. 31 Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans (ESPN)
TBD Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
TBD Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
TBD Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions
TBD Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns
TBD New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders
TBD New York Jets at New York Giants
TBD St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals
TBD Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 (Sept. 3-4)
Date Matchup
Sept. 3 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
Sept. 3 Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 3 Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams
Sept. 3 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Sept. 4 Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sept. 4 Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
TBD Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
TBD Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills
TBD Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans
TBD Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
TBD Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
TBD New York Giants at New England Patriots
TBD Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
TBD Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
TBD San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers
TBD Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

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