ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **The Broncos are kicking off the 2014 preseason with a bang.
A rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII opens Denver's slate, which was announced Wednesday afternoon and includes two matchups with regular-season opponents.
Week 1:vs. Seattle Seahawks -- Aug. 7, 7 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)* eek 2:* at San Francisco 49ers -- Aug. 17, 2 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)* Wek 3: *vs. Houston Texans -- Aug. 23, 7 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)* Wee 4: **a Dallas Cowboys -- Aug. 28, 6 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)
The exact dates and times for all four games will be finalized at a later date.
The Broncos kick off the preseason at home for the first time since 1997, marking the end of a franchise-record, 16-season streak of opening the preseason on the road. The 2014 opener comes against the team that defeated Denver in the final game of last season -- reigning Super Bowl-champion Seattle.
The two teams will also meet in the regular season, as will the Broncos and 49ers. The full regular-season schedule is typically released by the NFL later in April.
San Francisco is Denver's most common preseason opponent, with this year's matchup representing the 36th between the two clubs.
For the Broncos, this year will mark the 15th preseason contest against the Cowboys, the 12th against the Seahawks and the sixth against the Texans.
The Broncos have won at least one preseason game in every year but one — the club's inaugural 1960 campaign. Denver owns a 129-116 all-time record in the preseason and has registered at least a .500 record in the preseason during 16 of the last 18 seasons.
For the 45th consecutive year, 850 KOA will broadcast all Broncos games as the team's radio-rights holder. Dave Logan (play-by-play) will be in his 18th full season calling games for the club while former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will take part in his third full season providing on-air analysis.
KOA's FM sister station, 103.5 The Fox, also will simulcast games for the second consecutive year along with the more than 60 Broncos Radio Network affiliates located throughout the West.
For the fourth consecutive season, 9News KUSA will carry Denver's preseason games as the club's partner station.
For those interested in traveling to road games, the Broncos have partnered with PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, for all fan travel packages to Broncos games. For information on the Official Denver Broncos Fan Travel Packages, please visit PrimeSport.com.