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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes under pressure during a drill at team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP)MoreCloseclosemore
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes under pressure during a drill at team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP)

It's almost fall, when many sports fans' passions are ignited by a bunch of grown men bashing into each other on the sports field every Sunday.

That's right, Thursday marks the beginning of the National Football League season. The Green Bay Packers will face off against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

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This segment aired on September 3, 2014.

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