Monday май 16, 2022

On August 6, all eyes will be on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022. But before then, the NFL Hall of Fame Game kicks off the festivities in Canton, Ohio. Which teams will face off in the contest, when is the kickoff, and where will it take place?

When and where is the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game?

  • Date: Thursday, August 4, 8 PM ET
  • Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, OH

The 2022 Hall of Fame Game will begin the preseason with the Las Vegas Raiders stepping on the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be a game of firsts as fans get to see new head coaches Josh McDaniels and Doug Pederson at the helm of their respective franchises. Derek Carr and Davante Adams will be on the same sideline for the first time since their days at Fresno State. And we’ll see the No. 1 overall pick and 6’5″, 272-pound athletic marvel that is Travon Walker suit up for the Jaguars.

Who is playing in the Hall of Fame Game?

The 2022 Hall of Fame Game is Jacksonville’s first appearance since 1995, the very first game in franchise history. While they aren’t strangers to the fixture, it will only be the Raiders’ fourth bid and first as Las Vegas.

Hall of Fame Game participants, along with the Hall of Fame inductees, are announced during Super Bowl week. Frequently, the teams selected have a former famed player, coach, or owner heading to Canton to maximize intrigue in the occasion.

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From 1971 to 2010, the matchups included one team from each conference (AFC and NFC). However, this trend stopped in 2011 and transitioned to choosing teams with a distinguished alumnus being inducted that year.

The Raiders will see former wide receiver Cliff Branch and defensive end Richard Seymour enshrined in Canton, with Jaguars legendary offensive tackle Tony Boselli joining them. The other 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees include LeRoy Butler, Art McNally, Sam Mills, Dick Vermeil, and Bryant Young.

History of the Hall of Fame Game

The New York Giants and the then St. Louis Cardinals battled in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game in 1962. The game unceremoniously ended in a 21-21 tie. The most recent bout featured the Pittsburgh Steelers cruising to a 16-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

The Hall of Fame Game is used to some adversity, with a postponement (2020), two cancellations (2011 & 2016), and a pair of contests ending early due to weather (1980 & 2003) in its storied history.

List of Hall of Fame Games since 2010

2010: Cowboys 16, Bengals 7
2011: Canceled due to NFL lockout
2012: Saints 17, Cardinals 10
2013: Cowboys 24, Dolphins 20
2014: Giants 17, Bills 13
2015: Vikings 14, Steelers 3
2016: Canceled due to field conditions
2017: Cowboys 20, Cardinals 18
2018: Ravens 17, Bears 16
2019: Broncos 14, Falcons 10
2020: Postponed due to COVID-19
2021: Steelers 16, Cowboys 3

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