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The NFL is set to release the 2021 schedule next month, but we’ve already known the Patriots’ upcoming opponents since the end of the season. With the 17th game being officially implemented earlier this week, that list is now fully set.

However, an update from the league late Thursday night could have implications on when – and more importantly where – the Patriots play one of their games next season. As first reported by ESPN’ Field Yates, the Atlanta Falcons are planning to play one of their home games in London this year. As his colleague Mike Reiss pointed out soon after, the Patriots are slated to play the Falcons on the road this season.

If the Patriots were to travel to the UK this year, it would be their first international game since 2017, and their first in London 2012. They’re 3-0 outside of the US, with wins over the Raiders (2017, Mexico City), Rams (2012, London), and Buccaneers (2009, London).

What does the rest of the Patriots’ 2021 slate look like beyond the Falcons? Here’s a quick rundown of the 14 opponents they’ll face over 17 games.

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