The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons are being delayed by weather, but when will the game actually begin? Hopefully sometime in the near future.
The NFL season is going to open up on Thursday night with the defending-champion Philadelphia Eagles playing host to the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what time the two teams will begin their battle.
The contest was originally slated for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya on the call. However, weather in the area is forcing the league to hold off on kicking off the 2018 season, as lightning is in the area.
So when will the game start? At this point, it’s slated for 8:55 p.m. ET. The weather isn’t expected to last through the night, but the lightning will have to completely clear before the teams will take the field. Once both sides have had some additional time to warm up, there will then be a ceremony at the beginning of the night to celebrate the Super Bowl LII championship.
For the Eagles, the game remains special regardless of the kick time. Philadelphia had been in two Super Bowls before last season but had no success. In 2017, things looked great until Carson Wentz tore his ACL in December, putting the 13-3 squad into the role of underdog. Still, the Eagles won it all, becoming the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog both in the Divisional round — ironically against these Falcons — and in all their postseason contests.