Packers get rematch with Seahawks in preseason

Apr. 4, 2013
Packers announce 2013 preseason schedule
Packers announce 2013 preseason schedule: Thursday, April 4: Press-Gazette reporter Wes Hodkiewicz recaps the Green Bay Packers' 2013 preseason schedule, which opens with Arizona before hosting Seattle at Lambeau Field on Aug. 23.

The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks will follow up their controversial encounter from the 2012 season with a nationally broadcast preseason game at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 23, on CBS at 7 p.m.

The Packers will open at home against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks earlier in a game that will be played between Aug. 8-12 before traveling to St. Louis (Aug. 15-19) and wrapping the preseason against Kansas City (Aug 29 or 30).

Except for the Seattle game, the exact dates and times for the remaining three Packersí preseason contests are to be determined. The other three games will be aired on the Packers' official station, Green Bayís WGBA-TV (Ch. 26), and a statewide network.

The Packers' 14-12 loss to Seattle in Week 3 of last season generated a hoard of national attention as the NFL was in the midst of a lockout with its Referees Association.

After two weeks of shaky calls, things came to boil when replacement referees ruled simultaneous possession in favor of Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate on a last-second Hail Mary from quarterback Russell Wilson.

On second look, Packers safety M.D. Jennings initially intercepted the pass before Tate finally gained possession when the two players were on the ground.

The following week, the NFL and the NFL Referee Association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and officially ended the officials lockout with the Packers-Seahawks game being readily considered the tipping point in negotiations.

As one of the three NFC West teams the Packers will face in the preseason, the matchup is also intriguing in that Seattle and second-year quarterback Russell Wilson project to be one of the NFC's top teams this upcoming season with booming versatility on offense and a physical defensive presence.

Not to mention, most teams allow their starters to play extensively in the third preseason game as a final warm-up for the start of the regular season.

Unlike last season's opener in San Diego, the Packers don't have a set Week 1 game. That means the Packers will start training camp sometime between July 25-29 under the the collective bargaining agreement negotiated last year that states players can report 15 days before the team's first preseason game, including one day for physical exams,

Prior to last year, the preseason opener has been on a Saturday and the first practice of camp has been two Saturdays earlier.

The regular-season schedule is expected to be announced later this month.

The Packers will close the preseason for the fourth straight year against Kansas City while taking on the Rams for the first time in the preseason since the two played each other on Aug. 6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The Packers havenít visited St. Louis for a preseason game since facing the Cardinals during the 1983 season.

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