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