Panthers release 2015 schedule

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CHARLOTTE – Carolina Panthers fans will be able to feast on Thanksgiving football like never before.

The Panthers will visit the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, November 26, marking the first Thanksgiving Day game in franchise history.

"It's exciting for our players to be able to compete on Thanksgiving Day," head coach Ron Rivera said. "Every season presents challenges, regardless of when the games are played. We've known our opponents, but now the dates are set and we're excited to get started."

Carolina's trip to Dallas is one of three nationally televised games featured on the Panthers' schedule released by the NFL on Tuesday, with the other two taking place at Bank of America Stadium over the course of eight days. The Philadelphia Eagles will visit Oct. 25 for Sunday Night Football, and the Indianapolis Colts will come to town Nov. 2 for Monday Night Football.

"Our players have earned the right to be in the spotlight," Rivera said. "We have to take advantage of those. I know our fans will respond and provide an incredible home field advantage at Bank of America Stadium."

The week before the primetime doubleheader kicks off, the Panthers visit a Seattle team that has reached the last two Super Bowls. The week after the primetime doubleheader, Carolina hosts a Green Bay team that nearly kept Seattle out of the most recent Super Bowl.

Tickets for the Panthers' home slate will be available soon. Group tickets go on sale April 30, followed by Ticket2Packs on May 2 and then single game tickets on May 30.

PRESEASON
DAYDATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME
Fri.Aug. 14
at Buffalo BillsRalph Wilson Stadium7:00 p.m.
Sat.Aug. 22
vs. Miami Dolphins
Bank of America Stadium7:00 p.m.
Fri.Aug. 28vs. New England PatriotsBank of America Stadium7:30 p.m.
Thu.Sept. 3
at Pittsburgh SteelersHeinz Field7:30 p.m.
REGULAR SEASON
DAYDATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME
Sun.Sept. 13
at Jacksonville JaguarsEverBank Field1:00 p.m.
Sun.Sept. 20
vs. Houston Texans
Bank of America Stadium1:00 p.m.
Sun.Sept. 27vs. New Orleans Saints
Bank of America Stadium1:00 p.m.
Sun.Oct. 4
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium1:00 p.m.
Sun.Oct. 11
BYE

Sun.Oct. 18at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field
4:05 p.m.
Sun.Oct. 25
vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Bank of America Stadium
8:30 p.m. *
Mon.Nov. 2vs. Indianapolis ColtsBank of America Stadium8:30 p.m. *
Sun.Nov. 8
vs. Green Bay Packers
Bank of America Stadium1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Nov. 15at Tennessee TitansLP Field
1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Nov. 22
vs. Washington Redskins
Bank of America Stadium1:00 p.m. *
Thur.Nov. 26at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium4:30 p.m. *
Sun.Dec. 6
at New Orleans SaintsMercedes-Benz Superdome
1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Dec. 13
vs. Atlanta FalconsBank of America Stadium1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Dec. 20
at New York Giants
MetLife Stadium1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Dec. 27at Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome
1:00 p.m. *
Sun.Jan. 3
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bank of America Stadium1:00 p.m. *
* - Subject to flexible scheduling.*

The Panthers open the season Sept. 13 at the Jacksonville Jaguars – the fifth consecutive opener on the road and third consecutive in Florida – and close the season at home Jan. 3, 2016, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carolina last concluded the regular season at home in 2009.

Carolina plays its first home game Week 2 against the Houston Texans and then begins its slate of six NFC South games when the New Orleans Saints visit in Week 3 before traveling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

The Panthers, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive NFC South crown, don't face another division foe until playing four of their final five games against them. Carolina's first game against the Atlanta Falcons isn't until Week 14, and the Panthers play them twice in three weeks with a trip to the New York Giants in between on Dec. 20.

The Panthers could end up making more than three primetime appearances under the league's flex scheduling policy, which allows a time change for a total of two NFL games between Weeks 5-10 and for many more games from Weeks 11-17.

Flex scheduling will not affect games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. Though unlikely, the Sunday Night Football game against the Eagles in Week 7 could be flexed to an earlier start, but the Monday Night Football game against the Colts in Week 8 could not.

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