Falcons Release 2013 NFL Schedule

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS: 

- Falcons host the Saints for Thursday Night Football, and play the Bills in Toronto in Week 13.

- Sunday Night Football appearances against the Patriots and Packers. 

- Two Monday night matchups against the Jets and 49ers.

ATLANTA- The National Football League today released the 2013 regular season schedule. 

This year, Atlanta's schedule includes five nationally televised games, including appearances on Sunday Night Football against the New England Patriots (Week 4) and at the Green Bay Packers (Week 14) on NBC. Atlanta's schedule will also include Monday Night matchups against the New York Jets (Week 5) and at the San Francisco 49ers (Week 16) on ESPN. 

For the second straight year, the Falcons will host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football (Week 12) on NFL Network. Along with five primetime games, Atlanta will also play the Buffalo Bills in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (Week 13).
 
In addition to the customary home and away matchups with their NFC South rivals, Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, Atlanta will also battle the NFC West in intra-conference play as well as the AFC East in inter-conference play. 

The Falcons will also host the NFC East champion Washington Redskins and travel to Green Bay to play the NFC North champion Packers. Atlanta's 2013 opponents posted a combined 107-99-2 (.519) record last season and since the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002, the Falcons are 33-33 against the NFC South. 

Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted a 56-24 (.700) overall record, which is the second best record in the NFL over the last five seasons.
 
Along with a rematch of last season's NFC Championship game against the 49ers in San Francisco (Week 16), the Falcons will face four additional playoff teams from 2012. Atlanta will host Seattle (Week 10), Washington (Week 15), and New England (Week 4), and travel to Green Bay (Week 14).

SCHEDULE:

Week 1  (Sep 08) - ATL @ NO - 1:00 PM (FOX)

Week 2 (Sep 15) -  STL @ ATL - 1:00 PM (FOX)

Week 3 (Sep 22) -  ATL @ MIA - 4:05 PM (FOX)

Week 4 (Sep 29) - NE @ ATL - 8:30 PM (NBC)   

Week 5 (Oct 07) - NYJ @ ATL - 8:40 PM (ESPN)   

Week 6 Bye

Week 7 (Oct 20) - TB @ ATL - 1:00 PM (FOX) 

Week 8 (Oct 27) - ATL @ ARI - 4:25 PM (FOX)   

Week 9 (Nov 03) - ATL @ CAR - 1:00 PM (FOX)   

Week 10 (Nov 10) - SEA @ ATL - 1:00 PM (FOX)   

Week 11 (Nov 17) - ATL @ TB - 1:00 PM (FOX)   

Week 12 (Nov 21) - NO @ ATL - 8:25 PM (NFLN)

Week 13 (Dec 01) - ATL @ BUF - 4:05 PM (FOX)   

Week 14 (Dec 08) - ATL @ GB - 8:30 PM (NBC)

Week 15 (Dec 15) - WAS @ ATL - 1:00 PM (FOX)   

Week 16 (Dec 23) - ATL @ SF - 8:40 PM (ESPN)   

Week 17 (Dec 29) - CAR @ ATL - 1:00 PM (FOX)

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