Check out the Cardinals' 2016 season schedule

Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 21:34:01-04

The Arizona Cardinals will open the 2016 regular season in a primetime home matchup against the team that won the Super Bowl on their home field less than two years ago.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will travel to the Valley to face the Cardinals in Week 1 of the regular season in what will be a nationally-televised Sunday night game, the NFL announced Thursday. The Patriots have played in two Super Bowls at University of Phoenix Stadium, including Super Bowl XLIX in Feburary 2015, but this will be their first-ever regular-season trip to Glendale.

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The matchup will be especially meaningful for Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Chandler Jones, whom the Patriots traded to the Cardinals last month. Jones said it's a game he'll circle on his calendar with a red marker.

Also visiting Glendale for the first time will be the New York Jets, whom the Cards will host on Oct. 17 on Monday Night Football. That will leave the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans as the only teams yet to face the Birdgang in Arizona.

As for some of the other highly-anticipated matchups: The Cards will host the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 23 in another Sunday night game, and they'll travel to Seattle on Christmas Eve. Also, the Cards will head to Charlotte to face the Panthers in an NFC Championship Game rematch on Oct. 30.

The 2016 regular season will kick off Thursday, Sept. 8 with a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Panthers and Broncos.

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Here's a look at the Cardinals' complete 2016 regular-season schedule:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 11): vs. New England Patriots (Sunday night)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 18): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 25): at Buffalo Bills

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 2): vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 5 (Thu, Oct. 6): at San Francisco 49ers

Week 6 (Mon, Oct. 17): vs. New York Jets

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 23): vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday night)

Week 8 (Sun, Oct. 30): at Carolina Panthers

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 6): BYE

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 13): vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 20): at Minnesota Vikings

Week 12 (Sun, Nov. 27): at Atlanta Falcons

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 4): vs. Washington Redskins

Week 14 (Sun, Dec. 11): at Miami Dolphins

Week 15 (Sun, Dec. 18): vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 16 (Sat, Dec. 24): at Seattle Seahawks

Week 17 (Sun, Jan. 1): at Los Angeles Rams