ATLANTA -- Four prime-time games greet the Atlanta Falcons for their 2011 schedule - that is, if there is a 2011 season. The Falcons schedule for 2011, along with the remainder of the NFL's was released on Tuesday.
The NFL remains in a lockout, preventing - at least as of this point - play of the 2011 football season.
The teams have put a positive face on the situation, and are moving forward with the 2011 NFL Draft this coming weekend, and with announcing the 2011 schedule.
The Falcons are set for four prime-time appearances, two of those on 11Alive within the first five weeks of the season. They will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, September 18, at the Georgia Dome, then they'll get a playoff rematch against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, October 9, also at the Georgia Dome. Both of those games will be broadcast on NBC and 11Alive.
Their other two prime-time appearances will come later in the season - a Thursday night match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, then, the following week, on Sunday night, December 26, the Falcons will take on the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.
The season opener for the Falcons comes Sunday, September 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago against the Bears. They'll close out the season on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in a rivalry match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This year's bye week comes in week 8 - the week of October 30.
The entire season is as follows:
Week 1: 9/11, 1 p.m., at Chicago
Week 2: 9/18, 8:20 p.m., vs. Philadelphia (on NBC/11Alive)
Week 3: 9/25, 4:15 p.m., at Tampa Bay
Week 4: 10/2, 4 p.m. at Seattle
Week 5: 10/9, 8:20 p.m., vs. Green Bay (on NBC/11Alive)
Week 6: 10/16, 1 p.m., vs. Carolina
Week 7: 10/24, 1 p.m., at Detroit
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: 11/6, 1 p.m., at Indianapolis
Week 10: 11/13, 1 p.m., vs. New Orleans
Week 11: 11/20, 1 p.m., vs. Tennessee
Week 12: 11/27, 1 p.m., vs. Minnesota
Week 13: 12/4, 1 p.m., at Houston
Week 14: 12/11, 1 p.m., at Carolina
Week 15: 12/15, 8:20 p.m., vs. Jacksonville
Week 16: 12/26, 8:30 p.m., at New Orleans
Week 17: 1/1, 1 p.m., vs. Tampa Bay