The 2015 NFL regular-season schedule will feature 19 Super Bowl rematches as part of the year-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
A few examples of teams celebrating Super Bowl rematches this season:
On Monday Night Football in Week 3, the Green Bay Packers will celebrate Super Bowl I against Kansas City with local events and a halftime ceremony.
The Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl XXXII team will be honored in Week 8 against Green Bay as owner PAT BOWLEN will be inducted into the club’s Ring of Fame.
In Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers will bring back their 1981 defensive line and their 1988 players to celebrate their Super Bowl XVI and XXIII teams.
Many teams will also host Super Bowl Homecomings to commemorate the past 49 Super Bowls. The NFL’s Homecoming platform highlights the accomplishments and contributions of NFL greats and celebrates dedicated fans. Homecomings invite members of Super Bowl teams to be honored in-stadium on gameday and throughout the weekend. Teams will commemorate Homecomings with Ring of Honor/Hall of Fame ceremonies, recognizing Super Bowl players as honorary captains and featuring special halftime celebrations. A look at a few teams’ Homecoming events this season:
On the first Thursday Night Football game of the season in Week 2, the Kansas City Chiefs will honor their Super Bowl I & IV teams. Both teams will be celebrated on the field during pregame, player introductions and halftime with highlights and memories from both Super Bowls. The teams will also participate in local charity and community events during the week of the game.
For their first home game in Week 2 against Atlanta, the New York Giants will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl XXV team. Players from that team will celebrate with private and fan-facing events, complete with pregame and halftime celebrations that will include Pro Football Hall of Famer BILL PARCELLS.
The Minnesota Vikings will welcome back 11 players who participated in four Super Bowls for the club. Leading into the Vikings Week 6 matchup against Kansas City, the club will host several fan and community engagement events with these alumni players.
Historic Super Bowl marks, customized Homecoming assets and dedicated elements commemorating past Super Bowls, will be included in the weekends.
Rematches and Homecomings are part of the NFL’s On The Fifty platform, designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games.
For more information on the Super Bowl rematches and all the ways the NFL is celebrating Super Bowl 50, visit superbowl.com.
The 19 Super Bowl rematches that will be played during the 2015 NFL regular season:
|WEEK||DATE||NETWORK||TEAMS||SUPER BOWL MEETING|
|1||Sunday, September 13||CBS||Miami at Washington||VII, XVII|
|2||Monday, September 21||ESPN||New York Jets at Indianapolis||III (NY Jets vs. Baltimore Colts)|
|3||Sunday, September 27||CBS||Pittsburgh at St. Louis||XIV (Pittsburgh vs. LA Rams)|
|3||Monday, September 28||ESPN||Kansas City at Green Bay||I|
|4||Sunday, October 4||FOX||New York Giants at Buffalo||XXV|
|6||Sunday, October 18||CBS||Baltimore at San Francisco||XLVII|
|6||Sunday, October 18||FOX||Arizona at Pittsburgh||XLIII|
|6||Sunday, October 18||CBS||Kansas City at Minnesota||IV|
|7||Sunday, October 25||FOX||New Orleans at Indianapolis||XLIV|
|8||Sunday, November 1||NBC||Green Bay at Denver||XXXII|
|10||Sunday, November 15||FOX||Minnesota at Oakland||XI|
|10||Sunday, November 15||CBS||New England at New York Giants||XLII, XLVI|
|11||Sunday, November 22||FOX||Dallas at Miami||VI|
|12||Sunday, November 29||CBS||Pittsburgh at Seattle||XL|
|13||Sunday, December 6||FOX||Philadelphia at New England||XXXIX|
|15||Sunday, December 20||CBS||Buffalo at Washington||XXVI|
|15||Sunday, December 20||FOX||Green Bay at Oakland||II|
|15||Sunday, December 20||NBC||Cincinnati at San Francisco||XVI, XXIII|
|16||Sunday, December 27||FOX||Dallas at Buffalo||XXVII, XXVIII|
A look at each team’s plans to highlight their Super Bowl teams and/or Homecomings (all details subject to change):
|Arizona Cardinals||Homecoming: Week 3 vs. San Francisco (9/27)|
|Atlanta Falcons||Homecoming: Week 5 vs. Washington (10/11)|
|Baltimore Ravens||The Baltimore Ravens will be celebrating their 20th season in 2015. As part of that celebration, the club will honor some of the players from their Super Bowl XXXV team during their Week 8 matchup against San Diego.|
|Buffalo Bills||The Buffalo Bills will host events during the first two weeks of the season. Week 1 against Indianapolis will be a Super Bowl Championship Homecoming celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 AFL Championship Team. In Week 2, members of the Bills Super Bowl teams will be in attendance for BILL POLIAN’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony.|
|Carolina Panthers||During the preseason, the Carolina Panthers celebrated Homecoming with their sixth annual Panthers Alumni Game. More than 40 former Panthers players attended the game, including 10 members from the original 1995 team.|
|Chicago Bears||The Chicago Bears will feature members of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl team in an on-field ceremony during their Week 2 game against Arizona. Other alumni will also be in attendance for their Homecoming game.|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Homecoming: Week 9 vs. Cleveland (11/5)|
|Cleveland Browns||Homecoming: Week 3 vs. Oakland (9/27)|
|Dallas Cowboys||The Dallas Cowboys will honor their Super Bowl XXX team in a Homecoming theme throughout the weekend of their Week 15 game against the New York Jets, including pregame and halftime shows.|
|Denver Broncos||The Denver Broncos are inducting owner PAT BOWLEN into their Ring of Fame at halftime of their Week 8 game against Green Bay, and several alumni will be present for the ceremony, including members of the Super Bowl XXXII team that defeated the Packers for the club’s first World Championship. The weekend will include alumni and season ticket member activities, culminating in celebrations during pregame, player introductions and halftime ceremonies.|
|Detroit Lions||Homecoming: Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18)|
|Green Bay Packers||During Week 2, Green Bay will host an alumni weekend for players in the Packers Hall of Fame as well as their Super Bowl I team. The celebration will continue through the following week as the Packers honor the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl I team with local events, culminating in participation in the coin toss and a halftime celebration for their Week 3 Monday night game against Kansas City. For Green Bay’s Homecoming celebration in Week 10 against Detroit, the team will honor and add the name of newly inducted Pro Football Hall of FamerRON WOLF to Lambeau Field’s façade, joining the names of the club’s other 22 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.|
|Houston Texans||Homecoming: Week 12 vs. New Orleans (11/29)|
|Indianapolis Colts||Homecoming: Week 2 vs. New York Jets (9/21)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Homecoming: Week 15 vs. Atlanta (12/20)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||On the first Thursday Night Football game of the season in Week 2, the Kansas City Chiefs will honor their Super Bowl I & IV teams. Both teams will be celebrated on the field during pregame, player introductions and halftime with highlights and memories from both Super Bowls. In Week 12, the Chiefs will honor their Alumni Gold Jackets and hold WILL SHIELDS’ Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The Chiefs will host their Homecoming game during Week 17.|
|Miami Dolphins||The Miami Dolphins will celebrate the team’s 50th Anniversary throughout the whole season. In Week 14, the Dolphins will honor their top 50 players of all time at halftime. Their Super Bowl trophies and throwback uniforms will be highlighted during halftime as well.|
|Minnesota Vikings||The Minnesota Vikings will welcome back 11 players who participated in four Super Bowls for the club. Leading into the Vikings Week 6 matchup against Kansas City, the club will host several fan and community engagement events with these alumni players. One player will be selected as an honorary captain and will blow the Vikings horn during the pregame ceremony.|
|New England Patriots||The New England Patriots will host their Super Bowl XXXIX team during their Week 13 game against Philadelphia. They will have an evening event that Saturday and during the game on Sunday, there will be an on-field recognition ceremony for the honored Super Bowl players.|
|New Orleans Saints||Homecoming: Week 8 vs. New York Giants (11/1)|
|New York Giants||For their first home game in Week 2 against Atlanta, the New York Giants will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl XXV team. Players from that team will celebrate with private and fan-facing events, complete with pregame and halftime celebrations that will include Pro Football Hall of Famer BILL PARCELLS.|
|New York Jets||The New York Jets will celebrate their Super Bowl III team and host their Homecoming in Week 12 against Miami. The Jets will present jackets and rings to their Super Bowl III team in a private event and then celebrate the team during pregame and halftime ceremonies. As part of the team’s Homecoming celebration, the Jets will induct the newest member to their Ring of Honor.|
|Oakland Raiders||For their Week 1 home opener, the Oakland Raiders will honor all five Raiders Legends who were in all three Raiders Super Bowl appearances (II, XI, XVII). During halftime, the Raiders will honor the late KEN STABLER. In Week 10, the Raiders will celebrate Super Bowl XI with honorary captains from that team, highlights from the game, and a special appearance byFRED BILETNIKOFF. In Week 13, the Raiders will have a ceremony for TIM BROWN to receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. RON WOLF will be recognized during the Raiders Week 15 matchup. The club will also celebrate their Super Bowl II team throughout the game.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||During the preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles celebrated Homecoming at an open practice at their stadium, open to 20,000-30,000 people. Throughout the season, members of the Eagles Super Bowl appearing teams will be recognized as part of their honorary captain series.|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||The Pittsburgh Steelers will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their Super Bowl XL team by bringing back 25-35 players from this team. The alumni players will participate in events the night before the game, as well as pregame and halftime presentation with individual player introductions in-stadium.|
|St. Louis Rams||In Week 15 against Tampa Bay, the St. Louis Rams will celebrate Super Bowl XXXIV. The team will recreate “The Catch” by RICKY PROEHL during the 1999 NFC Championship Game and will have in-stadium activations for fans.|
|San Diego Chargers||LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON will be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in Week 11 against Kansas City as part of the Chargers Homecoming celebration.|
|San Francisco 49ers||CHARLES HALEY will be featured as part of the San Francisco 49ers Homecoming celebration in Week 1 against Minnesota. Following Haley’s induction into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., 49ers Hall of Fame on Saturday night, he will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring on Sunday. In Week 15, the 49ers will be honoring their Super Bowl XVI & XXIII teams. The team will bring back the 1981 defensive line from the famous goal-line stand and the 1988 players from the final drive and John Taylor touchdown reception. The players will be introduced during pregame, and at halftime, the team will bring the Lombardi trophies to each end zone and air accompanying Super Bowl moment highlight reels.|
|Seattle Seahawks||The Seattle Seahawks are celebrating their 40th Anniversary during the 2015 season. They plan to bring back NFL Legends from their 1976 to 2014 teams throughout the season to serve as honorary captains with in-stadium features and celebrations. The Seahawks will honor players in a traditional Homecoming during Week 3 vs. the Chicago Bears.|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will induct two players, MIKE ALSTOTT and DOUG WILLIAMS, into their Ring of Honor as part of their Homecoming. Alstott will be inducted in Week 4 against Carolina and Williams in Week 13 against Atlanta.|
|Tennessee Titans||Homecoming: Week 7 vs. Atlanta (10/25)|
|Washington Redskins||The Washington Redskins will celebrate Homecoming across three weeks in their 2015 season. In Week 1, they will bring back JOE THEISMANN as an honorary captain. In Week 7, Ring of Honor inductee JEFF BOSTIC and his former teammates will be invited back for pregame and halftime ceremonies and KaBOOM! community playground build. For Week 15, the Redskins will bring back Super Bowl MVP MARK RYPIEN as an honorary captain and induct MONTY COLEMAN into their Ring of Fame during the halftime ceremony.|