Dates and times for 2017 NFL exhibition games announced

Mercedes Benz Stadium, future home of the Atlanta Falcons, sits next to the Georgia Dome. Aerial photos shot March 31, 2017. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

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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. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

The dates and kickoff times of all 65 NFL exhibition games have been confirmed, the NFL announced on Monday.

The Atlanta Falcons will travel to play their first and second exhibition games and then will host two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons’ first exhibition game will be on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. against the Miami Dolphins. The game will be played in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Week Two’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be played at the Steelers’ Heinz Field on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.

Six days later on Saturday, Aug. 26, the Falcons will open Mercedes-Benz Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals at 7 p.m. for the third exhibition game.

The Falcons’ final exhibition game will also be in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 31 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.

The NFL Network will broadcast several exhibition games during all four weeks. The NFL Network’s preseason schedule is expected to be announced in July.