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The 2016 NFL season, the 97th season in the history of the National Football League , began on September 8, 2016, with the defending Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos defeating the Carolina Panthers 21–20 in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. For the first time since the Houston Oilers relocated to Tennessee in 1997, an NFL team relocated to another state, as the former St. Louis Rams moved out of St. Louis, Missouri and returned to Los Angeles, its home from 1946 to 1994.

2016 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08)–January 1, 2017 (2017-01-01)
Playoffs
Start date January 7, 2017
Super Bowl LI
Date February 5, 2017
Site NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Pro Bowl
Date January 29, 2017
Site Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

The 2016 NFL season, the 97th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL), began on September 8, 2016, with the defending Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos defeating the Carolina Panthers 21–20 in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. For the first time since the Houston Oilers relocated to Tennessee in 1997, an NFL team relocated to another state, as the former St. Louis Rams moved out of St. Louis, Missouri and returned to Los Angeles, its home from 1946 to 1994.