NFL announces 2024 season schedule

The full schedule of fixtures has been announced for the 2024 NFL season, with the Kansas City Chiefs looking to create history.

In February the Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in five years and their second straight NFL title.

They became the first team to achieve that feat since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005, but no team has won three Super Bowls in a row.

The NFL teased the 2024 schedule by revealing some fixtures before Wednesday’s full rollout.

Now quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs team-mates know exactly who and when they will play as they aim to reach Super Bowl 59.

The season will begin on the first full weekend of September and, as is tradition, the Super Bowl champions open the new season that Thursday.

That means the Chiefs will host the Baltimore Ravens on 5 September in a repeat of last year’s AFC Championship game – effectively one of the Super Bowl semi-finals.

The NFL will play its first game in Brazil on 6 September before a full programme on 8 September.

The regular season lasts 18 weeks, with each team playing 17 games, and ends on 5 January 2025.

The Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, who contested last season’s Super Bowl, will meet on 20 October.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the Super Bowl trophy in 2024Bowl in five years in February