Roger Goodell to attend Falcons game for second straight week over Patriots

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is seen on the sideline prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons on January 14, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Falcons won the game 36-20.  (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to attend the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in Atlanta over the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Goodell was in Atlanta last weekend for a site tour of the Falcons' new facility. He attended Seattle in the wild-card round.

The Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. E.T. The Patriots welcome the Steelers at 6:40 p.m. E.T.

He has been absent from Gillette Stadium since handing down his punishment to the Patriots and Tom Brady for their role in the Deflategate scandal. He did not attend the Patriots' banner-raising ceremony in 2015, which prompted fans to chant “Where is Roger?” 

“He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do,” Brady told WEEI on the possibility of a Goodell visit. “If he wants to come, that would be, yeah, he can come. He can go wherever he wants to go. Whoever is at the game is at the game.”

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