Falcons, Colts to play in American Bowl

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts will
begin the preseason Aug. 6 in the American Bowl in Tokyo, the
record 12th time an NFL game will be played in the city.

The AFC South champion Colts have enjoyed a standout season
behind quarterback Peyton Manning, who needs two touchdown passes
to tie the single-season record of 48 set by Dan Marino in 1984.
Japanese fans also will get their first up-close look at Falcons QB
Michael Vick, one of the most exciting players in the game.

This will be Indianapolis' first American Bowl appearance in
Tokyo, and the second for Atlanta, which defeated Dallas 20-9 in
2000. The last time the NFL went to Tokyo was 2003, when Tampa Bay
beat the New York Jets 30-14.

The NFL's American Bowl series of international games began in
1986 in response to growing interest in American football around
the world. Since then, 39 games have been played in 12 cities
outside the United States.

ESPN2 will provide live coverage at 5 a.m. ET, with ESPN
re-airing the game at 6 p.m. ET.