(NBC NEWS) - The long wait is just about over now. Football is back tonight!
The NFL kicks off the season tonight in Denver and on NBC. Coverage starts at 7:30 pm on WTHR Channel 13.
After another off-season of controversy and suspensions, and a pre-season of sit-ins, the attention - and players - return to the field..
"This is a big day its where it all begins for everyone. All eyes of the NFL are on Denver so we couldn't be more excited to be here to kick things off," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Senior Vice President of Events.
The NFL started right where it left off last season, with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 between the Broncos and Panthers.
The NBC team that will bring you the action is ready to get the ball rolling as well.
"It's going to be unbelievable. This is the type of energy that you want. This kick-off game is like the Super Bowl," said Rodney Harrison, NBC analyst.
As for fans, seven months without the game is just about over.
"I'm super psyched. I'm ready!" said Alana Motts, fan.
- RELATED: Watch a live stream of the game here (starts at 8:00 pm)