Oh I know why! It would make too much sense.
Why not feature the runners up (the 49ers) on Thursday? And then have the Ravens play in the Sunday Night Football clash?
To me, that seems incredibly lame. And really dumb,
The Ravens won the SuperBowl. The NFL likes to showcase the SB winner in the first game on a Thursday night. But the Orioles are home that same Thursday, and due to parking issues, they can't both play at the same time.And so the NFL in its very finite wisdom decides to have the Ravens open on the road on Thursday and will have a fan fest in Baltimore...without the team.