Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) and tight end Levine Toilolo (80) congratulate running back Devonta Freeman (24), after Freeman scored at touchdown during the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP
Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

Sideline Report: Friday, August 11, 2017

Here are a few things to know on Friday:

1. Falcons lose to Dolphins in first exhibition game

The Atlanta Falcons left Miami with a 23-20 loss to the Dolphins on Thursday night. D. Orlando Ledbetter gives out grades for the each position group ahead of the Falcons’ second exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 20 at Heniz Field. 

2. Braves begin series with Cardinals

The Atlanta Braves start a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night after an off day on Thursday. Friday night's game begins at 8:15 p.m. at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.

3. Georgia Tech practices still not up to Paul Johnson's standard

Ken Sugiura reported on Wednesday that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was frustrated with the effort and product he saw on the practice field. Thursday's practice wasn't much different. Johnson said he thinks some players are focused, but others aren't performing at an acceptable level. Full story on the

4. The sold out Georgia Tech, Tennessee Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game releases hype video

The first Georgia Tech and Tennessee match up on the football field in 30 years released a hype video on Thursday. On Wednesday, it was announced the game was officially sold out. The second of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games on Labor Day weekend will be played inside Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sept. 4.

5. Georgia Dome's lower seats demolished

Tim Tucker reports the concrete, lower seating bowl in the Georgia Dome has been demolished. For photos of the project, visit the

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