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Notable games of the 2011-12 season include:

This season's International Series game will feature the Chicago Bears facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in their second International Series appearance) at Wembley Stadium in London on October 23, one week earlier than usual, with the Buccaneers serving as the home team.

Under the terms of the Bills Toronto Series agreement, the Buffalo Bills will host the Washington Redskins at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Sunday, October 30, the traditional weekend of the International Series. The 2011–12 season marks the 20th anniversary of the teams' meeting in Super Bowl XXVI, won by the Redskins.

The Detroit Lions will host their first Monday Night Football game since 2001 when they face the Chicago Bears on Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving.

The Miami Dolphins will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions will host the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers for the traditional 2011 Thanksgiving Classic games. The Thanksgiving nightcap on the NFL Network will be the San Francisco 49ers traveling to play the Baltimore Ravens; this is the first Thanksgiving game for the 49ers since 1972, the first ever for the Ravens, and a game that puts 1st-year 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh against his brother, Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh.

Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, falls on Sunday. The league's general policy when this happens is to hold the majority of its games during the day on Christmas Eve and hold over one or two feature games for Sunday night; in the case of 2011, it will be one game. The Chicago Bears will face the Green Bay Packers on Christmas evening on NBC.

New Year's Day, January 1, 2012, also falls on a Sunday, and the NFL will play its entire Week 17 schedule that day. The major college Bowl games usually played on New Year's Day, as well as the NHL Winter Classic, will instead be played on Monday, January 2. For the second straight year, Week 17 will only feature divisional match-ups.

The New York Giants will visit the Washington Redskins on September 11, 2011—the first Sunday of the regular season—to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks (both Washington, D.C. and New York City were targeted in the attacks).
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