Despite a 13-3 record last season, the Atlanta Falcons would probably classify 2012 as a failure. That's because when you are as good as they were, nothing matters if you don't win the Super Bowl. The Falcons return many of their starters from last year and have added key free agents Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, to help make another run at the Vince Lombardi trophy. If you are looking for Atlanta Falcons tickets, TicketNetwork.com can help you find the seats you want at the Georgia Dome all season long!
The Atlanta Falcons franchise was born during the summer of 1965 when then-commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded an expansion team to a Georgia businessman. Wearing red helmets with a black falcon emblazoned on the side, the Falcons took the field for the first time on August 1, 1966, against the Philadelphia Eagles. More than 26,000 fans purchased tickets and showed their new-found loyalty that day, filling Atlanta Stadium. Like many expansion teams, the Falcons struggled to get off the ground, losing their first nine games and finishing the season 3-11.
It took until 1978 for the Falcons to make their postseason debut. Matched up against the Eagles, the team was able to capture its first postseason victory, 14-13. Their playoff run ended the following week as they lost to the vaunted Dallas Cowboys.
Atlanta was able to find its way into the NFL playoffs a few more times over the next twenty years, with the high point of the franchise coming in 1998. Behind pro bowl running back Jamal Anderson, the "Dirty Birds" trounced the rest of the NFC on their way to the best record in team history of 14-2. Looked at by many as just a great story, the Falcons were not expected to do much that year, but they found themselves making their way to the Super Bowl for the first time in team history. That's where the story unfortunately ended for Atlanta, as they fell to the heavily favored Denver Broncos and John Elway.
The team is now banking the future on young quarterback Matt Ryan, who immediately brought leadership and stability to a franchise in desperate need of it. After the legal troubles and eventual release of QB Michael Vick, the Falcons went into the 2008 NFL Draft with the 3rd pick and a big hole at the quarterback position. They selected Ryan with the hopes that he would help make the team a playoff contender within a few seasons, but Ryan delivered in his first season. Atlanta finished with an 11-5 record, improving on its 4-12 record the previous season. With Matt Ryan running the show, the Falcons and the thousands of Falcons ticket holders have a lot to look forward to.