Hopefully the move into a new stadium this year will help the Falcons forget the nightmare of Super Bowl 51. Atlanta now owns the record for the worst collapse in Super Bowl history when they let a 28-3 lead in the third quarter slip away before losing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in overtime. It was the Falcons second Super Bowl loss in their 51-year history. Their other loss came in 1998. The franchise joined the National Football League in 1965 as an expansion team.
Today, they are one of four teams in the South Division of the National Football Conference. They played their home games from 1992 to 2016 at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. This season, they are expected to move into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons Football Club received its nickname on Aug. 29, 1965. A school teacher from Georgia was singled out from many others when she wrote: “The Falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey. It is deadly and has a great sporting tradition." The team, since their first season in 1966, has won two conference championships and six division titles, and made 13 playoff appearances.
On Oct. 2, 2016, the Falcons smashed two single-game records when quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards, most of them to Julio Jones, who had 300 yards receiving in the game.
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Can the Falcons overcome that crushing loss from Super Bowl 51? That is the huge question mark for 2017. Their fans will find out soon enough when Atlanta travels to Foxborough in Week 7 to meet the Patriots.
Even with that devastating loss, the Falcons put up some impressive numbers in 2016 for their faithful followers and bettors. They won the NFC South at 11-5 and were 10-6 against the spread, and if you bet over on the betting line point total in all 16 Atlanta games last year, you won 14 of them.
Their second-ranked offense includes league MVP Matt Ryan and superstar receiver Julio Jones. Add their running game, which ranked fifth overall in the NFL, to the mix and the Falcons will be a force to be reckoned with.
The Falcons’ defence ranked 25th. That’s what let them down last year and in the Super Bowl. If this group can improve, they will make a lot of noise come playoff time again this season.
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