Falcons fans, Chick-fil-A two ships passing in the night

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The Atlanta Falcons are the NFL's ultimate good news/bad news team entering the 2017 season.

Good news: You are the defending NFC champions.
Bad news: You are coming off the worst Super Bowl loss ever.

Good news: You deployed one of the greatest offenses in NFL history in 2017.
Bad news: The architect of that offense is someone else's head coach.

Good news: Your new billion-dollar stadium has a state-of-the-art retractable roof.
Bad news: There's no timetable for when the damn thing will actually open.

To all that, we add this: Mercedes-Benz Stadium has an on-site Chick-fil-A -- arguably the most popular fast food restaurant of the 21st century. This is obviously good news!

Now duck, here comes that other shoe again. It won't be open during most Falcons games.

The famed chicken sandwich chain does not open its doors on Sundays -- a long-standing mandate by late Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who believed the week's seventh day was reserved for rest and worship.

Those ideals clash with the NFL schedule, of course. The Falcons play all but one of their home games on a Sunday this season. The only chance for fans of the Dirty Birds to chow down on bird will come during their team's Dec. 7 tilt against the Saints.

Chick-fil-A will be operational at "The Benz" for a slew of college football and Major League Soccer games this year. For fans of those things, that's pretty much exclusively good news.

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