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.
Formed in 1960, the New England Patriots are a professional football team based in Foxborough, MA. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC East division against rivals Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in front of 66,000 football fans. An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. Jim Lee Hunt, Bruce Armstrong, John Hannah, and Steve Nelson are just a few of the Pro Football Hall of Famers to play for the franchise over the years.