The Atlanta Falcons ended the 2016 NFL season with a 11 and 5 record and a trip to the Super Bowl. The 1st place finish in the NFC South led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. However, the Falcons fell short, 28-34, and under the leadership of Matt Ryan at quarterback the Atlanta Falcons are poised to make a run towards the 2018 NFL Playoffs once again.
The Atlanta Falcons are an NFL football team based in Atlanta and play their home games at Philips Arena. The Falcons play in the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team. The Falcons are the oldest NFC team in that region. The Falcons have won division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2012. Their only Super Bowl appearance was during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII. Their new stadium the Mercedes-Benz Stadium began construction in May of 2014, with play projected to begin there during the 2017 season.