The first of the games of the season has come and gone.
What we’ll be watching tonight is a rematch of last year’s rematch between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, and the return of a Super Bowl winner for the second time in a span of seven years.
The rematch will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
ET on ABC, and will also be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the ABC Sports Network.
The two teams will meet in the NFC Championship Game, which will be played in Atlanta on Sunday night, and it is the first time that the Falcons have played in the Super Bowl since 2012.
In the AFC, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts will square off in the second of two meetings that will be aired on ABC.
While the Patriots are the reigning champions of the AFC East, the Colts are the second seed in the AFC North, and they will face off in Indianapolis against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
Here are the projected games for tonight.
Game 1: New England at Atlanta Falcons (Fox) Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will make his return to the NFL as he leads the team to a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants.
Ryan had a season-high 27 completions for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants.
The Falcons are 8-2 since Ryan took over in Week 14.
Atlanta is 8-3 in the last 10 meetings between the teams, and the Patriots are 2-7 in the games since the Patriots won their last meeting.
New England has won seven of its last eight meetings, including three in a row from 2013-14.
On the other side of the ball, the Indianapolis Colts have won the last four meetings in Atlanta.
Week 7: Atlanta at New Orleans (ABC) The Atlanta Falcons have scored a touchdown in four straight games, and in their last matchup with the Saints, the team had a field goal and two extra points converted to score a touchdown.
This is the second game of the series, and this one will be televised on ABC as well.
Week 10: New Orleans at Indianapolis (ABC, ESPN) A matchup between the Indianapolis and New Orleans Falcons will be held at home in a game that will feature a scoreless tie.
It will be the third straight game that the Colts have scored touchdowns against Atlanta, and since the Colts won their first meeting in 2017, the Falcons are 0-4 against the Colts.
After a bye week, both teams have a bye in Week 11.
What to Watch for Tonight: The Patriots are coming off a 34-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, and are coming back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter of the game.
However, New England has lost three of the last five games against the Atlanta Seahawks.
We’re also expecting a lot of close games, especially on the defensive side of things, as both teams are coming out with their tails between their legs.
There is no doubt that the Atlanta team will dominate this game, but the Patriots offense has struggled lately, so we’re going to see what the Falcons can do against the defense.
Who to Watch Tonight: We’ve already seen the Patriots in action, but we’ll also be watching a lot more of the Atlanta defense.
They are coming into this game as the favorites, and if they can’t win tonight, it’s going to be tough for them to keep up with the New Mexico State Golden Eagles on the road in the rematch of the 2016 AFC Championship Game.
More Patriots coverage: The Patriots have had a rough couple of weeks this season, and their offense hasn’t been quite the same.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons were held to just 20 yards in the first half, and a touchdown on the next play would have given them the lead.
Then, after the second-quarter interception, Atlanta went down with a big fourth-quarter drive that saw the Patriots score a season high 28 points.
Ryan had one of his best games of his career, as he threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 23 of 27 passing.
Even though the Patriots struggled on offense, they are still the favorites to win tonight.
What to Watch For Tonight: In the AFC Championship game, we’ll get to see who will win the NFC East.
The New England Falcons are the top seed, and have won eight of their last nine games.
They are 8.5-point favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have won five of their six games against them.
Will the Falcons make a run at the division title?
There’s no question that Atlanta is a big favorite to win the division.
But the Falcons also have a chance to make some noise with their offensive line.
If Atlanta can stay healthy and get Matt Ryan healthy,