Yesterday, The Falcoholic shared a report that the Atlanta Falcons’ international game—along with the other NFL international games—would be canceled for this upcoming season due to the coronavirus. The report is accurate, as it’s now been confirmed by both the NFL and the Falcons.
The Falcons sent us the following statement:
“We have been informed today of the cancellation of the NFL International Series of which the Atlanta Falcons were to be a part of for the 2020 season. As details are being finalized with the NFL, we are currently working through an additional game slated for Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will release more information for fans tomorrow.”
The NFL released a statement via the NFL UK Twitter account that no NFL games would be played internationally this season:
“After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico and UK,” said NFL Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Christopher Halpin. “We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, who all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season. We also thank our incredible fans in those territories for their passionate support of the NFL. We will continue to serve them through our outstanding media partners and by being active supporters of both grassroots football and COVID-19 relief efforts in Mexico and the UK.”
The NFL planned to play one game in Mexico City at Azteca Stadium and four games in London - two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley Stadium - during the 2020 season. Along with the Falcons, the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins had all previously announced that they would be home teams for International Series Games in 2020. These teams will now play all of their home games this season at their home stadia in the United States.
The Falcons were expected to play the Denver Broncos at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but will now face them in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The timing of this news is due to the NFL releasing the 2020 schedule this week.