- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 51
- Claim to Fame: Play their home games in the most expensive stadium (to build) that’s currently open in the NFL
- Claim to Shame: Were on the wrong side of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history
The city of Atlanta began falling in love with football when the American Football League held two preseason games in their city in 1962. Three years later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle granted Atlanta their own franchise.
The early years of football were not kind to the dirty birds, but good things take time. The franchise began to turn in the late 80s when they drafted Deion Sanders, who brought national attention to an afterthought franchise.
The Falcons would finally break through and “Dirty Bird” their way to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1999. Unfortunately, John Elway and the Denver Broncos proved too much for Atlanta, as they lost 34-19.
This Super Bowl defeat was at least easier to swallow than their next trip, which came in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots.
Fast forward to today, the Falcons have top to bottom one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and his staff have done an extraordinary job of building through the draft.
Not only have they struck gold with their first-round picks for the last seven years, they have also found remarkable value in the middle rounds (Devonta Freeman, Grady Jarrett, Robert Alford, and Deion Jones among others).
But after losing the Super Bowl & offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the same year, the Falcons did not look like the same high-flying team that set the league on fire in 2016, as they finished just 15th in points.
Atlanta managed a third-place finish in the NFC South in 2017, but still won ten games in the regular season and upset the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round.
Don’t sleep on the Falcons in 2018. They are two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, and they reloaded in the 2018 NFL Draft with WR Calvin Ridley and stole CB Isaiah Oliver.
They are great in every skill position on offense and have quietly built a championship caliber defense. There is a ton of pressure on Steve Sarkisian to get this offense back to its 2016 form.