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The first Falcons game of the season is against the defending Super Bowl champions.

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Divisional Round - Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Friends, we have made it. We have wandered through the desert, where the football did not fall from the sky like rain but instead pooled quietly and secretly beneath the dunes, and we have arrived at a great lake of NFL action. We spent months waiting for this day, and now that it is here, we must rejoice in it. We must drink deep of it.

The matchup is one of the toughest the Falcons will face all year, but that means it’ll temper this team better than starting off against one of the league’s lesser lights. The Eagles are banged up and without some of their very best players, but they remain the defending Super Bowl champions and one of the most balanced teams in the entire NFL. A victory tonight will be hard-fought and will tell us plenty about this Falcons team in 2018.

Here’s what you need to know tonight, plus our Twitter tracker. Please enjoy responsibly.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Time: Thursday Night Football, September 6, 8:20 p.m. EST

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV Channel: NBC/NFL Network

Streaming: FuboTV

Announcers: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Odds: The Falcons are...actually favored?

Prediction: Falcons do win this one, 24-21

SB Nation Opposition Site: Bleeding Green Nation

Twitter: @TheFalcoholic

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