Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons debuted in 1966 but it wasn’t until 2008-2009 did the team manage to pull off back to back winning seasons. But that’s not to say the team hasn’t built a rich history.

While they didn’t earn a playoff berth until 1978, they won their first ever playoff game as a franchise against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 14-13 defensive struggle. After a losing season in 1979, a 12-4 finish in 1980 saw the team capture their first ever NFC West Title.

Matt Ryan has been the team’s franchise quarterback since 2008. Photo by Matthew Emmons.

The Falcons wouldn’t win another NFC West Title until 1998, when they went 14-2 and earned their first Super Bowl appearance in a loss to the Denver Broncos.

They would make the playoffs again in 2002, but in 2004 an 11-5 Falcons won the NFC South, a new division that was created two seasons prior during the 2002 NFL Realignment. They went to the NFC Championship Game that season in a losing effort to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As mentioned, the team would string together back to back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history a few years later and in that span saw two more NFC South Championships in 2010 and 2012, the latter of which saw the Falcons spar against a former division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFC Championship, a game won by the 49ers.

Not to be disappointed for too long, the Falcons earned their second Super Bowl berth in 2016. However, a 28-3 third-quarter lead wasn’t enough to defeat Tom Brady and his New England Patriots, leading the team to lose a heartbreaker in overtime.

 

Atlanta Falcons Quick Hits

Founded

1965

Home Field

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Colors

Red, black, silver

Mascot

Freddie Falcon

Nickname

Dirty Birds

Championships

0

NFC Championships

2

Notable Players

Matt Ryan, Deion Sanders, Jamal Anderson

Worth Mentioning

The Falcons first earned back to back winning seasons in 2008 and 2009.

Notable Helmets

Main Article: The Atlanta Falcons Helmet History

 

1966-1969

 

1970-1975

Falcons 1970-1975

 

1990-2002 (current throwback)

Falcons 1990-2002 Helmet

 

Notable Jerseys

Main Article: History of the Atlanta Falcons Jersey

 

1978-1989

Falcons 1987-1989 Throwback

 

1990-2002

Falcons 1990-2002 Road Jersey

 

Falcons 1990-2002 Home Jersey

 

Current Road

Falcons current road jersey

 

Current Home

Falcons current home jersey

 

Color Rush

Falcons Color Rush