WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Atlanta Falcons will be featured in the ninth season of HBO’s documentary series “Hard Knocks,” the team and HBO jointly announced Thursday, with the premier slated for Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 p.m.

The Falcons had the right to decline HBO’s invitation, per NFL rules, because they’ve qualified for the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, according to NFL.com.

In 2013, ‘Hard Knocks’ covered the Cincinnati Bengals — where then offensive coordinator, now Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden became a star — and the Miami Dolphins in 2012.

The Falcons are the first NFC team to be featured on the show since the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.


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