Do The Atlanta Falcons Know Where London Is?

Falcons London

The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday in a game that will air quite early in the United States, with a 9:30am Eastern start time on the East Coast, though. Earlier this week, though, the Falcons tried to inform their fans of what it takes to move an entire N.F.L. team overseas for a week and, well, they kind of fumbled:

The NFL’s international series continues this week with Detroit and Atlanta playing in England on Sunday.

The Falcons landed in London on Monday, which is actually a minor miracle when you consider the map they were using to get there. As you can see at the top of the page, the Falcons flight map was a little off. It has the Falcons going to London, Spain for their game, instead of London, England.

London, Spain would probably be a nice place, if it existed.

The team actually created the graphic to show its fans everything that goes into getting an entire NFL team to London.

As it turns out, the Falcons did make it London, but it’s a good idea that whomever created the map wasn’t in charge of navigating the plane.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Maybe they decided to go where most Londoners go on vacation in Spain (which is about where “3” is on that map). Kinda like flying to Destin, Florida to play a game against a team in Memphis.

  2. Tim says:

    Well, it’s Atlanta, so they probably get the same guys who generate bogus graphics for CNN.

  3. bill says:

    well they probably only had a basic high school education- it’s not a crime.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Nothing to do with anything, but years ago there was a story that Air France set up a large office operation near Atlanta airport. They trained the staff carefully to pronounce the name of the company properly. So the phones were answered, “Air Fraawwnce, kinahepya?”

  5. Jeremy says:

    But here’s the real question: can they find the endzone?

  6. Davebo says:

    Maybe they, though, booked through Expedia, though, and got a lousy operator.

    Seriously Doug, just a little proof reading.