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Super Bowl XLIV, XLV champs to open 2011 season?

Wild Card Playoffs - New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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With the Packers winning Super Bowl XLV, it means that first game of the 2011 regular season will be played at Lambeau Field on a Thursday night, televised by NBC.

And there’s one game on the Packers’ home docket that screams out for consideration.

The Saints.

In addition to the Packers’ NFC North opponents, Green Bay hosts the Saints, Buccaneers, Broncos, Raiders, and Rams.

Of those games, a clash of the past two Super Bowl winners could be the best of the bunch. Then again, a rematch of the 2010 NFC title game between the Bears and the Packers also would be extremely compelling.

We’d be shocked if it’s not one of those two. Either would be great, and it’s another reason to get the labor situation resolved so that the season game begins on time.