(WAOW) — While football season is a little over five months away, Packer fans won’t have to wait long to see the green and gold take the field once the season kicks off.
Why? Because, according to the NFL, the Packers will take on their longtime divisional rival, the Chicago Bears, in the opening game of the NFL’s 100th season, according to a tweet from the league Monday afternoon.
The kickoff date is September 5.
Chicago, coming off a 12-4 campaign in 2018, will be the hosts at legendary Soldier Field for a traditional — and fitting — opening game to a historic season for the NFL.
The Packers, who slumped to a 6-9-1 finish last season, defeated the Bears in thrilling comeback fashion at also-historic Lambeau Field, 24-23, in each team’s 2018 season opener.
Green Bay leads the all-time series of the league’s oldest rivalry, 97-95-6, after the first 198 meetings.They have split the all-time playoff series, 1-1.
— NFL (@NFL) March 25, 2019
The @NFL will open its 100th season with the league’s oldest rivalry.
Packers 🆚 Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Soldier Field!
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) March 25, 2019