Packers open with rematch vs. 49ers

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The Green Bay Packers get a quick chance at revenge when they open the 2013 regular season at San Francisco.

The 49ers beat the Packers 45-31 in last season's NFC divisional playoffs at Candlestick Park. San Francisco also earned a 30-22 win over Green Bay at Lambeau Field in the 2012 regular-season opener.

The Packers' schedule, which was released Thursday, includes four night games, three of them in a four-week span.

Green Bay has an early Week 4 bye, then plays four of six games at home, including the division-rival Detroit Lions in Week 5 and the Chicago Bears on Monday night in Week 9, which follows a difficult Sunday night game at the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. Green Bay also travels to the New York Giants on Sunday night in Week 11 and plays host to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night in Week 14.

The Atlanta game kicks off a tough December schedule that includes, in order, a game at Dallas against the Cowboys, a home game against Pittsburgh Steelers, and a season-ending battle with the rival Bears at Soldier Field.
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