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Chicago Bears announce 2017 schedule
April 21, 2017 12:20 AM | Larry Mayer
The Bears will open the 2017 season by hosting the defending NFC champion Falcons Sept. 10 at Soldier Field and won't play a team that had a losing record last year until Week 7.

The Bears opened their 2011 season with a 30-12 win over the Falcons in Chicago. But this time Atlanta will travel to the Windy City to play its first game since blowing a 28-3 lead in a heartbreaking 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Bears will hit the road in Week 2, visiting the Buccaneers in Tampa Sept. 17. Quarterback Mike Glennon signed with the Bears as a free agent in March after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Buccaneers.

The Bears will then return home to host the Steelers Sept. 24 before playing their only two prime-time games of the season in back-to-back weeks. They'll visit the Packers on Thursday Night Football Sept. 28 before hosting the Vikings on Monday Night Football Oct. 9. This season will mark the 12th straight year the Bears will play the Packers in prime time and the seventh consecutive year the game will be in Green Bay.

The Bears' only other non-Sunday game of the season will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 16 against the Lions in Detroit. All 13 of their Sunday games are scheduled to start at noon, though nine of the contests are eligible to be flexed to later the same day.

After visiting the Ravens in Baltimore Oct. 15, the Bears will host the Panthers Oct. 22 in their first game against a team that had a losing record in 2016. The Bears' first four opponents had winning marks-the Falcons (11-5), Buccaneers (9-7), Steelers (11-5) and Packers (10-6)-while the Vikings and Ravens both finished 8-8 last season.

The Bears will complete the first half of their schedule by visiting the Saints in New Orleans Oct. 29 before having their bye in Week 9 for the second straight year.

The Bears will open the second half of their season with three of four home games before closing with three of four contests on the road. They'll host NFC North rivals Green Bay Nov. 12 and Detroit Nov. 19 before visiting the Eagles Nov. 26 and hosting the 49ers Dec. 3.

The final quarter of the season begins with road games in Cincinnati Dec. 10 and Detroit, followed by a home contest against the Browns on Christmas Eve. The Bears will then end the regular season against the Vikings in Minnesota on New Year's Eve.

Single-game tickets to all Bears home games will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday via Ticketmaster.

All Ticketmaster sales are through phone and Internet only. Fans may charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (800) 943-4327 for the hearing impaired or online at ticketmaster.com.

The Bears also confirmed the dates and times for their preseason games. They will host the Broncos at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 and then visit Arizona at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and Tennessee at noon Sunday, Aug. 27. The Bears will close the preseason by hosting the Browns at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

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