FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons will get rack up some major frequent flyer miles next season.

The team announced Tuesday that they will be participating in the NFL International Series next season.

Which team the Falcons will face is still up in the air. What is known is that it will count as a home game for the Falcons and that their opponents will be from outside the NFC South division.

Given that the NFL has adopted a scheduling formula that guarantees each team in the league plays every team from every division in the opposite conference once every four years, we already can narrow down the list of teams that they may play.

In addition to the NFC South division games during the 2020 season, the Falcons will play against teams from the NFC North and AFC West. There are also two other games against two other NFC opponents, which are determined by their order of finish at the end of the season.

Since 2007, the NFL has played regular season games in London, expanding to Mexico City in 2016. This year, a total of five regular season games are being played overseas.

This will mark the second time the Falcons will have played a regular season game outside the United States.

In October 2014, the Falcons were edged by the Detroit Lions, 22-21 before a crowd of more than 83,000 people at London's Wembley Stadium.

The exact time and dates for the 2020 Falcons schedule will not be released until well after the end of this season.


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