The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Denver and Atlanta will face off in the annual preseason opener on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio. The honor means both teams will play five preseason games this year. They also begin training camp a week earlier than the rest of the league.
"With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year's induction class, it's an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game," Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. "We're looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it's also special for us to help kick off the NFL's 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we'll use to our advantage."
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said: "We are fired up to kick off the NFL's 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game. We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field."