About Atlanta Falcons
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 Falcons 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 Dallllas 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.
The Falcons experienced some success in the 2017 NFL season. Atlanta finished the season 10-6, placing them in third in the NFC South and sixth in the NFC. This qualified the team for the Wild Card Playoffs where the Falcons wen head to head with the Los Angeles Rams. Atlanta beat Los Angeles 26-13 and then went on to face future Super Bowl champs – the Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons lost 15-10 and the Eagles went on to win their first Super Bowl.
The Falcons are back for the 2018 season and ready to make a statement. Super Bowl LIII will be hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is the Falcon’s home field. Atlanta will attempt to become the first team in NFL history to play the in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. In the 2018 NFL draft, the Falcons selected wide receiver Calvin Ridley from the University of Alabama as the 26th pick in the first round. Atlanta’s next pick in the draft was cornerback Isaiah Oliver of University of Colorado Boulder as the 58th pick in the second round. With some new young draftees, the Falcons are looking to improve on their 2017 season and play in the Super Bowl at their home field. The Falcons 2018 season will kick off on September 6 at theLincoln Financial Field against the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2018 seaosn will be here before you know it so get ready! TicketNetwork has all your access to Atlanta Falcons tickets so be sure to grab your Atlanta Falcons tickets today!,/p>