Sideline Report for Friday, April 21, 2017

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Sideline Report for Friday, April 21, 2017

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Mercedes Benz Stadium, future home of the Atlanta Falcons, sits next to the Georgia Dome. Aerial photos shot March 31, 2017. 

Here’s five things to know this weekend:

1. Falcons' regular-season schedule released

The NFL regular season schedules were released at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Falcons’ reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter breaks down every game of the Falcons' regular season schedule.

2. Braves swept by Nationals

After sweeping the San Diego Padres in a four-game series, the Braves have been swept by the Nationals after a 3-2 loss on Thursday night at SunTrust Park. The Braves (6-9) travel to Philadelphia to play the Phillies on Friday in the first of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Friday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m.

3. Hawks to play Game 3 against Wizards

The Hawks return to Atlanta to play Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Game 3 against the Washington Wizards tips off on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. from Philips Arena. Despite Washington leading the series 2-0, Paul Millsap is confident in the Hawks' chances to come back and sees the series as 0-0 when the teams play in Atlanta.

4. Atlanta United to play Real Salt Lake

Atlanta United will play Real Salt Lake on Saturday from Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium. The game begins at 9:30 p.m. Doug Roberson predicts Atlanta United's starters for this weekend’s match.

5. Georgia Tech spring game

Georgia Tech's spring football game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday from Bobby Dodd Stadium. Ken Sugiura writes that this year fans might not have to sit in the pouring rain

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