Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs will begin defending their title from the NFL at opening game of the regular season receiving in Arrowhead Stadium to the Houston Texans, the NFL confirmed Thursday.
The Chiefs and Texans made the game known through their social networks.
Here’s how we’ll open the season! pic.twitter.com/JC5FDiYpg9
– Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 7, 2020
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𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦, 2020
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🏈: »https://t.co/iPphb6Ztdw | #WeAreTexans pic.twitter.com/9rNYLCEc5y
– Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 7, 2020
It is a return to the tradition of having the previous year’s champion open the regular season, after the league chose the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers – one of the oldest rivalries in the history of the game – to open the NFL’s 100th season last year, instead of then-champions New England Patriots.
The opening game is scheduled for 7:20 PM EST on Thursday, September 10, 2020, as the first matchup of Week 1.
Last year, the teams met twice: once in the regular season and once in the playoffs. The first match was for the Texans, visiting, by a score of 31-24, while Kansas City prevailed as a local in the postseason, a game remembered because Houston squandered a 24-0 advantage to end up falling 51-31. .
Without a doubt, one of the most important attractions of the game will be the quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes was chosen at No. 10 in the first round of the 2017 draft by Kansas City, while Deshaun Watson was chosen just two turns down, by Houston. In their young career, both passers have overcome severe knee injuries and both have accumulated two Pro Bowl picks, each. Mahomes, of course, has been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and was the Super Bowl LIV’s Most Valuable Player. It was the first Super Bowl victory for Kansas City in 50 years.