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The Steelers will play five nationally televised primetime games, including two at Heinz Field, it was announced today when the NFL released its 2010 regular-season schedule.
The Steelers will kick off the 2010 NFL season at Heinz Field against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh's nationally televised primetime games at Heinz Field include a game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 8:20 p.m., and a Thursday night game on Dec. 23 at 8:20 p.m. against the Carolina Panthers. Pittsburgh's other national primetime games include road contests Sunday, Oct. 31 at New Orleans (8:20 p.m.), Monday, Nov. 8 at Cincinnati (8:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 5 at Baltimore (8:20 p.m.).
"I think it is a challenging schedule and we look forward to a lot of exciting games at Heinz Field this season," said Steelers President Art Rooney II. "We are also pleased that our many fans across the country will have a number of opportunities to watch us play during primetime throughout the fall."
In addition to the Steelers' two home primetime games, Pittsburgh will play six additional contests at Heinz Field, including Week 1 vs. Atlanta and two October games Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Baltimore (1 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Cleveland (1 p.m.). After three weeks on the road, the Steelers will host New England on Nov. 14 and Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh's final three home games take place in consecutive weeks on Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Cincinnati (1 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 19 vs. New York Jets (4:15 p.m.) and Dec. 23 vs. Carolina.
The Steelers' remaining road games include a Week 2 matchup on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Tennessee (1 p.m.), Sunday, Sept. 26 at Tampa Bay (1 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Miami (1 p.m.). The Steelers will travel to Buffalo on Sunday, Nov. 28 (1 p.m.) and finish the regular season on Sunday, Jan. 2 at Cleveland (1 p.m.).
The Steelers' annual bye week will be on Oct. 10 (Week 5).
All Sunday games beginning in Week 11 (Nov. 21) through the remainder of the regular season are subject to flexible scheduling and could be moved into the Sunday night time slot (8:20 p.m.). The NFL will provide at least 12 days notice of time changes due to the "flex" scheduling. Week 17 start time changes could be decided on six days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications. Flexible scheduling will not impact Thursday, Saturday or Monday night games.
The Steelers open their four-game preseason schedule Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field against the Detroit Lions. Pittsburgh will play at the New York Giants on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh will visit the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 29 for an 8 p.m. (EDT) game that will air nationally of FOX (locally on WPGH-TV). The Steelers will conclude their preseason schedule at home on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. against the Carolina Panthers. Three of the Steelers' preseason games, with the exception of Week 3 at Denver, will be televised locally on KDKA (channel 2). Fans can listen to every Steelers game throughout the preseason and the regular season on the Steelers Radio Network on WDVE-FM (102.5) and WBGG-AM (970).
Steelers 2010 Preseason Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 14 -- DETROIT -- 7:30 p.m. (KDKA)
Saturday, Aug. 21 -- at New York Giants -- 7 p.m. (KDKA)
Sunday, Aug. 29* *-- at Denver -- 8 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)
Thursday, Sept. 2 – CAROLINA -- 7:30 P.m. (KDKA)
Steelers 2010 Regular-Season Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 12 – ATLANTA -- 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Sept. 19 -- at Tennessee -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Sept. 26 -- at Tampa Bay -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 3 -- BALTIMORE --1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 10 -- Bye
Sunday, Oct. 17 -- CLEVELAND -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 24 -- at Miami -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 31 -- at New Orleans -- 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, Nov. 8 -- at Cincinnati -- 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Nov. 14 -- NEW ENGLAND -- 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Nov. 21* -- OAKLAND -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Nov. 28* -- at Buffalo -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Dec. 5* -- at Baltimore -- 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 12* -- CINCINNATI -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Dec. 19* -- NEW YORK JETS -- 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Thursday, Dec. 23* -- CAROLINA -- 8:20 p.m. (NFL NETWORK)
Sunday, Jan. 2* -- at Cleveland -- 1 p.m. (CBS)
* Times and TV network may change due to flexible scheduling
All times are Eastern**