Falcons hold on to beat Lions 30-26 thanks to NFL rule

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson). Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Detroit. Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/36440304/falcons-hold-on-to-beat-li

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- While the NFL calendar hasn't officially opened for the 2019 league season, the Atlanta Falcons know they will open its season in the Hall of Fame game on August 1.

The Falcons will play the Denver Broncos in the annual game played in Canton, Ohio. It's the fourth time in the history of the franchise the team will play in the Hall of Fame game.

Atlanta last played in the Hall of Fame game in 1994 when they beat the San Diego Chargers. They lost the game in 1981 and in 1969.

By playing in the game, the Falcons will play five preseason games instead of the standard four. 

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