Packers announce 2012 home and away games

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers’ 2012 schedule won’t be out for a few months, but the NFL has announced the home and away matchups for next season.

In addition to playing their NFC North opponents (Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit) each twice as usual — one game at home and one away — Green Bay will host the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, which are the second and third seeds in the NFC playoffs, respectively. Also traveling to Lambeau Field are the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals, all of which did not make the playoffs this season.

On the road next season, the Packers will face the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams. Of that group, only the Giants and Texans qualified for this year’s postseason.

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