Atlanta Falcons, American expert turf football crew situated in Atlanta that plays in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons have won two NFC titles (1999 and 2017).
The Falcons started play in 1966 as an extension group, and they lost in any event 11 of their 14 amusements in every one of their initial three seasons. The group gradually improved through the late 1960s and mid '70s to post a 9–5 record in 1973 behind a resistance driven by linebacker Tommy Nobis and cautious end Claude Humphrey, barely passing up a play-off spot simultaneously.
Atlanta came back to the base of its division in 1974, and the group utilized the main pick of the 1975 NFL draft to choose quarterback Steve Bartkowski, who might proceed to set establishment records in for all intents and purposes each real passing class. Bartkowski drove the Falcons to their first postseason billet in 1978, and in 1980 he cooperated with running back William Andrews to frame a powerful offense that moved Atlanta to its first division title. In any case, the Falcons lost in the first round of each of these postseasons (just as during a third play-off appearance in the strike-abbreviated 1982 season), and the establishment's play before long tumbled off; the group completed with twofold digit misfortunes in six of the seven seasons somewhere in the range of 1984 and 1990.
A Falcons group highlighting conspicuous characters, for example, cornerback Deion Sanders, wide beneficiary Andre Rison, and ostentatious head mentor Jerry Glanville won 10 recreations in 1991 however was again met with frustration in the postseason.
In 1998 the Falcons posted a club-best 14–2 record with a decent group featuring quarterback Chris Chandler and running back Jamal Anderson on offense and linebacker Jessie Tuggle on barrier. The Falcons upset a 15–1 Minnesota Vikings group in the NFC title game to acquire their first Super Bowl billet, a misfortune to the Denver Broncos. The season after their Super Bowl appearance, in any case, the Falcons dove to a 5–11 record.
With quarterback Michael Vick in charge, Atlanta had a couple of effective seasons, which incorporated the Falcons' giving the storied Green Bay Packers their first home play-off misfortune (in 2003) and the group's progressing to a moment NFC title game in 2005 (a misfortune to the Philadelphia Eagles). In 2008, driven by first-year head mentor Mike Smith, new kid on the block quarterback Matt Ryan, and recently gained running back Michael Turner, the Falcons equipped for the play-offs by adding seven successes to the earlier year's aggregate to gather a 11–5 record.
After two years Atlanta earned the NFC's top postseason seed, yet the group was resentful about the Green Bay Packers in its first make off showing. The group again was the top seed in the NFC play-offs following the 2012 season, and Ryan and whiz tight end Tony Gonzalez (who had joined the Falcons in 2009) both earned their first vocation postseason wins in an exciting opening challenge against the Seattle Seahawks. In any case, Atlanta lost the NFC title game to the San Francisco 49ers. The next year the Falcons, plagued by wounds and poor exhibitions, completed the season with a disillusioning 4–12 record. The group bobbed in 2016 as a powerful Atlanta offense heaped up 540 during the season, the seventh most astounding aggregate in NFL history. The Falcons caught a division title and easily got through the play-offs in transit to the establishment's second Super Bowl appearance. There the Falcons surrendered the biggest lead in Super Bowl history (25) and lost in extra time to the New England Patriots. Atlanta came back to the play-offs the accompanying season, losing in the group's second postseason challenge. A preseason Super Bowl most loved heading into the 2018 season, the Falcons were wrecked by wounds on edge side of the ball that year, and the group completed with a 7–9 record, missing the play-offs altogether.