Falcons to appear on national television four times

New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, center, is flanked by Broncos owner Pat Bowlin, left, and vice president John Elway during a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (Associated Press)

New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, center, is flanked by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, left, and vice president John Elway during a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (Associated Press)

SAVE THE DATE: Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face the Falcons on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17  in the team’s home opener at the Georgia Dome.

The NFL released the full league exhibition and regular schedule on Tuesday. The Falcons were selected to play four national televised games. The Falcons will also play Dallas, New Orleans and Detroit in nationally televised games.

Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys face the Falcons  at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Georgia Dome. The game will be televised by NBC.

The Falcons host the New Orleans Saints, the defending NFC South champions, at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29th on the NFL Network.

In what was a hotly contested game last season that concluded with accusations of nastiness and bad sportsmanship, the Falcons will travel to play Calvin Johnson and the upstart Detroit Lions at 8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at Ford Field. ESPN will televise the game.

The Falcons get a rematch with the New York Giants at Georgia Dome, too. The Giants, on their way to the Super Bowl title, eliminated the Falcons from the playoffs last season, come to town for a 1 p.m. game Sunday, Dec. 16.

The league showed the Falcons a great deal of respect with four national appearances. The maximum for any team is five.

Since 2008 under coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted a 43-21 mark (.672), which is the fifth-best record in the league over that period and the best four-year mark in team history.

Only New England (48-16, .750), New Orleans (45-19, .703), Pittsburgh (45-19,.703) and Baltimore (44-20, .688) have posted better marks. New England, New Orleans and Pittsburgh (twice) have accounted for four Super Bowl appearances over that span.

The Falcons have the 24th toughest schedule (125-131, .488) based on opponents 2011 records and they play only four teams that had winning records last season in the New York Giants, Saints (twice) and Detroit.

THE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

  • Thur., Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. vs.  BALTIMORE  (CBS Atlanta)
  • Thur., Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. vs.   CINCINNATI   FOX (National)
  • Fri., Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at  Miami  (CBS Atlanta)
  • Thur., Aug. 30  at 6:30 p.m.  at Jacksonville  (CBS Atlanta)

THE 2012 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

  • Sun., Sept. 9  at 1  p.m. at Kansas City (7-9) (FOX):Last meeting – With Tyler Thigpen at the controls of Chan Gailey’s offense, the Falcons won 38-14 on Sept. 21, 2008.
  • If the Redskins select Baylor's Robert Griffin III, he could be playing his fifth NFL game against the Falcons. Photo Credit: AP

    If the Redskins select Baylor's Robert Griffin III, he could be playing his fifth NFL game against the Falcons. Photo Credit: AP

    Mon., Sept. 17 – 8:30 p.m.  vs. Denver (8-8)(ESPN):

     

     

     

     

    After playing 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and missing last season, Manning is trying to revive his career with the Broncos. Last meeting: Jay Cutler guided the Broncos to a 24-20 victory at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 16, 2008.

  • Sun., Sept. 23 at 4:05 p.m. at San Diego (8-8) (FOX): Last meeting: In Michael Turner’s homecoming game, he rushed 31 times for 120 yards in a 22-16 victory over his former team on Nov. 30. 2008.
  • Sun., Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. vs. Carolina (6-10) (FOX): Local product Cam Newton returns home to try to get his first win over the Falcons. Last meetings: The Falcons swept the Panthers last season, 31-17 at home on Oct. 16, 2011 and 31-23 in Charlotte on Dec. 11.  
  • Sun., Oct. 7 at 1  p.m. at Washington (5-11) (FOX):Last meeting: Former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall got into a rumble on the Falcons’ sidelines that led to coach Mike Smith ($15,000) and strength coach Jeff Fish ($2,500) getting fined. The Falcons won the rumble and the game, 35-27.
  • Sun., Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. vs. Oakland (8-8) (CBS): The Raiders have Reggie McKenzie, one of their former players, at the controls. He gets to show what he learned in Green Bay under Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson for the last 18 years.  Last meeting: The Falcons amassed 30 first downs in the 24-0 rout on Nov. 2, 2008. JaMarcus Russell led the Raiders to three first downs.  
  • BYE WEEK 7
  • Sun., Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia (8-8) (FOX): Fans finally got the Michael Vick vs. Matt Ryan matchup last season and Ryan won. Injuries interceded in the two previous meetings. Vick committed three turnovers and
    New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) breaks away from Atlanta Falcons defenders to score on a 72-yard touchdown pass during the second half Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.  (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

    New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) breaks away from Atlanta Falcons defenders to score on a 72-yard touchdown pass during the second half Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

    was knocked out of the game last season. Ryan, was Matty Ice, directing the Falcons back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Last meeting: The Falcons pulled a 35-31 victory with two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Sept. 18, 2011. 

  • Sun., Nov. 4, 8:20 p.m.  vs. Dallas (8-8) (NBC): The Cowboys hope to be contenders in the rugged NFC East.  Last meeting: Former Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking’s celebration got out of hand after the Cowboys beat the Falcons 37-21 on Oct. 25, 2009.   
  • Sun., Nov. 11  at  1 p.m. at New Orleans    (13-3) (FOX): Last meetings: New Orleans beat the Falcons 26-23 in overtime at the Georgia Dome after a failed fourth-down conversion and routed the Falcons  45-16 in New Orleans on Dec. 26, 2011.  
  • Sun., Nov. 18. at 1 p.m. vs. Arizona (8-8) (FOX): Last meeting: The Falcons routed the Cardinals 41-7 on Sept. 11, 2010 at the Georgia Dome.
  • Sun, Nov. 25  at 1 p.m. at Tampa Bay  (4-12)   (FOX):  Greg Schiano, the former Rutgers coach, is the Bucs new head man. Last meetings: The two teams split last season. Tampa Bay won 16-13 at home on Sept. 25, but were steamrolled 45-25 on Jan. 1 at the Georgia Dome.
  • Thur., Nov. 29 at 8:20 vs. New Orleans (13-3) (NFLN): The Saints should have their players back from any suspensions imposed by
    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56). (Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56). (Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

    commissioner Roger Goodell for this one.  

  • Sun., Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at Carolina (6-10) (FOX):Second matchup of the season.
  • Sun., Dec. 16 at  1 p.m. vs. New York Giants (9-7) (FOX):  The defending Super Bowl champions have the most difficult schedule in the league based on opponents 2011 records. Their opponents were 140-116 (.547) and they face seven teams that posted winning records. Last meeting:The Giants defeated the Falcons 24-2 in the wildcard round of the playoffs last season.
  • Sat., Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m. at Detroit (10-6) (ESPN): This was a hotly contested battle last season at Ford Field. Falcons center Todd McClure said Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avrilwere poor sports and that Suh called for a cart when Ryan was down with an ankle injury. Suh denied the allegations. The Falcons went after Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford with a lot of pressure early and shook him up. Last meeting: The Falcons won 23-16 in a nasty and hard fought game on Oct. 23, 2011.
  •  Sun., Dec. 30  at 1 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay (4-12) (FOX): The second meeting could have playoff ramifications.

 

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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111 comments Add your comment

J.J.M.

April 17th, 2012
7:09 pm

smh nfl should have let the lions play here…either the lions or eagles play here….

CONservative Johnson

April 17th, 2012
7:11 pm

Just Sayin.....

April 17th, 2012
7:15 pm

Matt better be ready or Art won’t be happy in the 5th season…..Just sayin….

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FalconsAndGatorFanFromCali

April 17th, 2012
7:21 pm

this is OUR year!!!! the falcons will FINALLY prevail!! i sense a 12-4 record, nfc south champs, 1st round bye, and SUPER BOWL CHAMPS after they defeat the TEXANS in the superbowl!!

Matt

April 17th, 2012
7:23 pm

But where’s the rest of the schedule?

Najeh Davenpoop

April 17th, 2012
7:25 pm

Eagles come off a bye the week they play the Falcons. Andy Reid is 13-0 in his career coming off a bye. Good luck.

eturn

April 17th, 2012
7:27 pm

I hope Matt is in the weight room… his upper body is pitful

good old joe

April 17th, 2012
7:28 pm

I BELEAVE FALCON’S WILL GO BACK TO THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR THEY WILL THE DIVISION……

Ryder

April 17th, 2012
7:31 pm

Interesting that there are no consecutive road or home games this season. Outside of Arizona there isn’t a gimme on the schedule this year, Falcons will really need to step it up to win the division, which may be the only way to make the playoffs this year.

concerned Bird

April 17th, 2012
7:33 pm

no concern here we should start 6-0 with no issues.Glad to be playing peyton early

James

April 17th, 2012
7:33 pm

Nejeh, there’s a first for everything.

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Just Sayin.....

April 17th, 2012
7:37 pm

Isn’t the prediction for this team 12-4 every season?

Don’t let Tampa sneak up and embarrass you. This was a 10-6 team two years ago
without all the big pickups this off season.

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5150 UOAD

April 17th, 2012
7:40 pm

Thanks, it was great not having to watch 3 hours of some stupid TV show to find out the schedule.

georgia boi

April 17th, 2012
7:41 pm

Enter your comments here

Mike

April 17th, 2012
7:42 pm

The Falcons will also be coming off the bye week aagainst the Eagles

5150 UOAD

April 17th, 2012
7:43 pm

georgia boi got the Georgia education I see.

Tech six

April 17th, 2012
7:44 pm

I dont think the Thrashers make the playoffs.

Van Brocklin

April 17th, 2012
7:47 pm

The rugged NFC East
only had one team with a regular season winning record,
and it was 9-7.

But they did win the Super Bowl.

5150 UOAD

April 17th, 2012
7:48 pm

Stop the NFL Thursday Night Football games. It is too short of a week for these big guys.

rosco

April 17th, 2012
7:49 pm

With four national TV games that adds up to
four loses with our record on National tv games over the years.

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Just Sayin.....

April 17th, 2012
7:50 pm

What was the score before Vick got knocked out? Weren’t the Eagles up by some 14 points?

Just Sayin.....

April 17th, 2012
7:51 pm

Can somebody tell me the score in the Philly game before their qb got knocked out? Wasn’t it like 14 points or something?

Just Sayin.....

April 17th, 2012
7:53 pm

@Van Brocklin

And they also shutout your offense….just sayin…..

John Abraham's Groin

April 17th, 2012
7:57 pm

My groin is hurting bad……………….

robertussen

April 17th, 2012
7:57 pm

why are the falcons traveling to san diego and denver coming to atlanta when they did the same thing in 2008?

frank

April 17th, 2012
7:59 pm

The Falcons may not make the playoffs with the schedule they have.

studentofthegame

April 17th, 2012
8:12 pm

Great home schedule. I think the NFC south will be the best division in football. 10-6 will win this division. Hopefully it will be the Falcons.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
8:16 pm

Van Brocklin — The winner of the rugged NFC East was battled tested and ready for the playoffs.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
8:16 pm

Tech six — I don’t think the Thrashers will make the playoffs, either.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
8:17 pm

5150 UOAD — You’re welcome. Three hours!!!

Ben

April 17th, 2012
8:17 pm

Still see the NFL is still sticking with their Cowboys and Lions plan for Thanksgiving.

Jerry Jones must have something on the League.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
8:18 pm

Just Sayin . . . — I will get Mark Bradley’s predection. It’s usually around 12-4.

valyboy32

April 17th, 2012
8:23 pm

whoa i see atleast 9 or 10 pro bowl caliber qb’s on this schedule i hope the d get ready this year.

JONESBORO SLIM

April 17th, 2012
8:24 pm

Ledbetter…what practice sessions are open to the public?

valyboy32

April 17th, 2012
8:25 pm

12-4 D-Led you see the pro-bowl qb’s on this schedule i dont know about that one.

Bama14

April 17th, 2012
8:29 pm

Ben, Dallas and Detroit host Thanksgiving EVERY year. Detroit’s been hosting for 70 years. Back in the ’60’s, the league asked all the teams who would host a second game. Only Dallas accepted, on the condition that they too could make it traditional. The league accepted the arrangement, and has stood by it.

Bama14

April 17th, 2012
8:43 pm

Btw, the Birds are playing a big-boy schedule this year. They’ll do well to win 9 games.

Falconidiot

April 17th, 2012
8:47 pm

ryesouvie

April 17th, 2012
8:49 pm

Hey Just Sayin, The Eagles were up when Mike Vick was hurt. The Falcons won and it was great seeing Vick spit up blood, especially after he pointed at the scoreboard on hi way to the training room. Typical Vick showing his ignorance….. Go Falcons!!!

JSS

April 17th, 2012
8:49 pm

Monday Sept. 17th on NBC?

JSS

April 17th, 2012
8:55 pm

James
April 17th, 2012
7:33 pm
“Nejeh, there’s a first (I guess “time”) for everything.”

Not with DeCoud peeking into the backfield…

Left Coast Dawg

April 17th, 2012
8:59 pm

I’m definitely going to the game @San Diego!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
9:20 pm

JONESBORO SLIM — Offseason training and OTAs are not open to the public. That’s usually for training camp.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 17th, 2012
9:21 pm

JSS – ESPN, Monday 17th.