Falcons’ exhibition schedule, joint practices set

Jan. 9, 2022 - Atlanta, Ga: Atlanta Falcons helmets are shown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Atlanta. The Falcons lost to the Saints 30-20. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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Jan. 9, 2022 - Atlanta, Ga: Atlanta Falcons helmets are shown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Atlanta. The Falcons lost to the Saints 30-20. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons’ exhibition schedule was finalized with the announcement Friday of the date and time of their first game, against the Detroit Lions.

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The Falcons will open the exhibition season at the Lions at 6 p.m. Aug. 12. The game will be televised on NFL Network outside of the local markets and on Fox 5 in Atlanta.

The Falcons also will hold joint practices with the Jets and the Jaguars before their second and third exhibition games. The Falcons will face the Jets at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at MetLife Stadium. The Falcons also will host the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons are scheduled to kick off the regular season against the Saints at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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