Atlanta Falcons
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Information
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference NFC.png NFC
Division NFC South
Established 1966
Home field Mercedes-Benz Stadium
City Atlanta, Georgia
Uniforms
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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Championships
League
0
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Super Bowls
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Conference
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1998 • 2016
Division
6
1980 • 1998 • 2004
2010 • 2012 • 2016

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are a member of the National Football League (NFL) in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the NFC South division. The Falcons were established in 1966 as an expansion team and have played home games at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium since 2017.

In their 40-plus years of existence, the Falcons have only appeared in two Super Bowls, losing at Super Bowl XXXIII to the Denver Broncos during the 1998 season, and losing Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots in overtime during the 2016 season. The Falcons have won six division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016.

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Founding

On June 30, 1965, the Atlanta Falcons were born. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle granted ownership to Rankin M. Smith, Sr., contingent upon acquiring exclusive stadium rights from city officials. Rozelle was spurred by the American Football League (AFL) interest and headed on the next plane down to Atlanta to block the rival league's claim on the city of Atlanta. He forced the city to make a choice between the two leagues.

The name Falcons was suggested by Julia Elliott, a high school teacher who won a contest in 1965. Though 40 other contestants had also suggested the name, Elliott wrote in an essay, "The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey. It's deadly and has a great sporting tradition."

Membership

League affiliations
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Achievements

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
2016 MRyan1.png Matt Ryan 2016 MRyan1.png Matt Ryan

Packers.png Rivalry

Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Packers lead series 15–13
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1966 Oct. 23 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 56–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 1–0 Football icon.png
1967 Oct. 1 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 23–0 Milwaukee County Stadium 2–0 Football icon.png
1968 Oct. 6 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 38–7 Atlanta Stadium† 3–0 Football icon.png
1969 Oct. 26 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 28–10 Lambeau Field 4–0 Football icon.png
1970 Sep. 27 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 27–24 Lambeau Field 5–0 Football icon.png
1971 Nov. 22 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 21–28 Atlanta Stadium† 5–1 Football icon.png
1972 Oct. 22 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 9–10 Milwaukee County Stadium 5–2 Football icon.png
1974 Dec. 15 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 3–10 Atlanta Stadium† 5–3 Football icon.png
1975 Dec. 21 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 22–13 Lambeau Field 6–3 Football icon.png
1976 Dec. 12 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 24–20 Atlanta Stadium† 7–3 Football icon.png
1979 Oct. 7 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 7–25 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium† 7–4 Football icon.png
1981 Sep. 13 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 17–31 Lambeau Field 7–5 Football icon.png
1982 Dec. 26 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 38–7 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium† 8–5 Football icon.png
1983 Nov. 27 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 47–41 (OT) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium† 8–6 Football icon.png
1988 Nov. 6 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 0–20 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium† 8–7 Football icon.png
1989 Oct. 1 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 23–21 Milwaukee County Stadium 9–7 Football icon.png
1991 Dec. 1 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 31–35 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium† 9–8 Football icon.png
1992 Oct. 4 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 10–24 Georgia Dome 9–9 Football icon.png
1994 Dec. 18 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 21–17 Milwaukee County Stadium [b] 10–9 Football icon.png
1995 Dec. 31 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 37–20 Lambeau Field 11–9 Football icon.png
2001 Nov. 18 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 20–23 Lambeau Field 11–10 Football icon.png
2002 Sep. 8 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 37–34 (OT) Lambeau Field 12–10 Football icon.png
Jan. 4 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 7–27 Lambeau Field 12–11 Football icon.png
2005 Nov. 13 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 33–25 Georgia Dome 13–11 Football icon.png
2008 Oct. 5 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 24–27 Lambeau Field 13–12 Football icon.png
2010 Nov. 28 Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons L 17–20 Georgia Dome 13–13 Football icon.png
Jan. 15 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 48–21 Georgia Dome 14–13 Football icon.png
2011 Oct. 9 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 25–14 Georgia Dome 15–13 Football icon.png

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