Next year's Falcons game in London to have 9:30 a.m. start time

4:30 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Breakfast at Wimbledon may come to mean something different next fall, when the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions face off at London's Wembley Stadium.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the teams will kickoff their October 26, 2014 game at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time.

This will mark the first time in league history that a game has started that early in the morning. Prior to this point, NFL games played overseas have generally had start times that correspond to the 1 p.m., or 4 p.m. Eastern time starts that other Sunday afternoon games in the NFL have. 

"We are excited about playing three regular-season games in the UK for the first time," NFL chief marketing officer Mark Waller said in a statement. "And debuting a new game time that we expect to be a hit with fans on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world."

Next fall's contest marks the first time the Falcons will have played in London. Prior overseas trips for the Falcons sent them to Tokyo in 2000, for a game against the Dallas Cowboys and in 2005, where they battled the Indianapolis Colts in a pre-season game. The Falcons won both contests. The Falcons' one other international game came last week, when they defeated the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The Lions have played exhibition games in Montreal in 1969 against the Boston Patriots of the old AFL and against the Dallas Cowboys in London in 1993.


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