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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.

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
DateMatchupTV (time)
Hall of Fame Game
Sunday, Aug. 9Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, at Canton, OhioNBC (8 p.m. ET)
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17)
Thursday, Aug. 13Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh SteelersESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 17Carolina Panthers at New York GiantsESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 2 (Aug. 20-24)
Thursday, Aug. 20Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis ColtsFOX (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 21Tennessee Titans at Dallas CowboysFOX (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 24New York Jets at Baltimore RavensESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Week 3 (Aug. 27-31)
Thursday, Aug. 27Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay BuccaneersFOX (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Aug. 28New England Patriots at Washington RedskinsCBS (8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Aug. 29San Diego Chargers at Atlanta FalconsCBS (8 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 30Chicago Bears at Denver BroncosNBC (8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Aug. 31Minnesota Vikings at Houston TexansESPN (8 p.m. ET)

2009 NFL preseason schedule
Hall of Fame Game
DateMatchup
Aug. 9Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, at Canton, Ohio (NBC)
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17)
DateMatchup
Aug. 13Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)
Aug. 13Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
Aug. 13Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens
Aug. 17Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (ESPN)
TBDAtlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
TBDChicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
TBDCincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints
TBDCleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
TBDDenver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
TBDHouston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
TBDJacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
TBDMinnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts
TBDNew England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles
TBDSt. Louis Rams at New York Jets
TBDSeattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
TBDTampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
Week 2 (Aug. 20-24)
DateMatchup
Aug. 20Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (FOX)
Aug. 21Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Aug. 24New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)
TBDAtlanta Falcons at St. Louis Rams
TBDBuffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
TBDCarolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins
TBDCincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
TBDDenver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
TBDDetroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
TBDKansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings
TBDNew Orleans Saints at Houston Texans
TBDNew York Giants at Chicago Bears
TBDOakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers
TBDPittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
TBDSan Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
TBDTampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 (Aug. 27-31)
DateMatchup
Aug. 27Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Aug. 27Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
Aug. 28New England Patriots at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Aug. 29San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons (CBS)
Aug. 29Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Aug. 29San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Aug. 30Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Aug. 31Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans (ESPN)
TBDBaltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
TBDGreen Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
TBDIndianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions
TBDTennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns
TBDNew Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders
TBDNew York Jets at New York Giants
TBDSt. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals
TBDSeattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 (Sept. 3-4)
DateMatchup
Sept. 3Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
Sept. 3Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 3Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams
Sept. 3Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Sept. 4Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sept. 4Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
TBDCleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
TBDDetroit Lions at Buffalo Bills
TBDGreen Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans
TBDIndianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
TBDMiami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
TBDNew York Giants at New England Patriots
TBDOakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
TBDPittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
TBDSan Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers
TBDWashington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

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