When Does the 2023 NFL Season Start?

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Wilson football sits on the field during the second half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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The first regular-season game of the 2023 NFL season is on Thursday, Sept. 7.

It will be the 22nd straight season that opens with the NFL Kickoff Game. It was established in 2002 when the New York Giants hosted the San Francisco 49ers.

When Does the 2023 NFL Preseason Start?

The first preseason game of the 2023 NFL season is the Hall of Fame Game on Friday, Aug. 4.

The game – officially called the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game – was first played in 1962, one year before the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors in Canton, Ohio. 

It was played for 49 consecutive years, from 1962-2010, until the lockout forced its cancellation in 2011. The game was also canceled in 2016 (poor field conditions) and 2020 (COVID-19).

When Does the 2023 Postseason Start?

After 272 regular-season games from Sept. 5, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024, the postseason will begin with Wild Card matchups on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The postseason will conclude with Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 at Allegiant Stadium.

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