33 Facts About Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta.

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The Atlanta Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division.

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The Atlanta Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League .

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One independent group which had been active in NFL exhibition promotions in Atlanta Falcons applied for franchises in both the AFL and NFL, acting entirely on its own with no guarantee of stadium rights.

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Rozelle and Smith made the deal in about five minutes and the Atlanta Falcons brought the largest and most popular sport to the city of Atlanta.

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The league held the expansion draft six weeks later in which Atlanta Falcons selected unprotected players from the 14 existing franchises.

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Under head coach Norb Hecker, Atlanta Falcons lost their first nine regular-season games in 1966; their first victory came on the road against the struggling New York Giants on November 20 in Yankee Stadium.

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Two weeks later, Atlanta Falcons won at Minnesota, and beat St Louis in Atlanta Falcons the next week for their first home win.

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In 1992, the Atlanta Falcons opened a new chapter in their history moving into the newly constructed Georgia Dome, where the team has defeated all 31 other NFL teams at least once during its time there.

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The Atlanta Falcons scored 414 points – the fifth-most in franchise history.

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Atlanta Falcons made a surprise trade up with the Cleveland Browns in the 2011 NFL draft to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones sixth overall.

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In exchange, the Atlanta Falcons gave up their first-, second- and fourth-round draft picks in 2011, and their first and fourth draft picks in 2012.

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Atlanta Falcons then went on to play the New York Giants in a 2011 NFC Wild Card Game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Atlanta Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks in their first playoff game.

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The Atlanta Falcons seized control of the game early with a Matt Bryant field goal, a trio of Matt Ryan touchdown passes caught by Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez coupled with outstanding defensive play.

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Atlanta Falcons's offense attempted to reply but were ultimately shut down by the 49er defense.

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The Atlanta Falcons needed just 10 more yards to secure victory and advance to their first Super Bowl berth in 14 years.

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The Atlanta Falcons hosted the Carolina Panthers in their regular season finale, with the winners clinching the NFC South division.

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The Atlanta Falcons had the 8th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft with which they selected Vic Beasley, a defensive end from Clemson University.

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The Atlanta Falcons lost a 2016 NFL Draft selection as a result of the league's investigation.

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The Atlanta Falcons used their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on safety Keanu Neal from the University of Florida.

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One week later, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina, and clinched their first NFC South division title since 2012.

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In 2016, the Atlanta Falcons scored 540 points in the regular season, the seventh-most in NFL history, tied with the Greatest Show on Turf .

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Atlanta Falcons moved into their new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, this season.

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Atlanta Falcons have called three stadiums home in their 51 years of existence, and its third home in their history opened in the late summer of 2017.

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The retractable roof Mercedes-Benz Stadium broke ground in May 2014, and became the third home stadium for the Falcons and the first for the new Atlanta United FC Major League Soccer club upon opening in 2017.

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The Atlanta Falcons wore their all-black uniform in 2007 against the New York Giants, and in 2008 against the Carolina Panthers and against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

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The Atlanta Falcons wore 1966 throwback jerseys for two home games in 2009 – against the Carolina Panthers on September 20 and against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 29.

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From 2016 to 2021, due to the NFL's one-shell rule, the Atlanta Falcons wore the black helmets with the original logo decal similar to the design they wore in the 1990s.

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However, starting in 2022, with the NFL now reinstating the use of alternate helmets, the Atlanta Falcons brought back the original red helmets to pair with their throwback uniforms.

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In every season from 1970 to the present, the Atlanta Falcons have shared a division with the New Orleans Saints .

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Andersen spent eight of his 25 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, previously being the team's all-time scoring leader, but he played his first 13 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, leading that team's career scoring list.

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In 2014, The CW owned-and-operated station WUPA became the official television station of the Atlanta Falcons, gaining rights to its preseason games, which are produced by CBS Sports.

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