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.
The Carolina Panthers placed 4th in the NFC South in 2016 with 6 wins and 10 losses. The Panthers struggled throughout the 2016 season with injuries and lost of star players via Free Agency and retirement. The Carolina Panthers are looking for a great 2017 NFL season under the leadership of Cam Newton and make another run to Super Bowl LII.
Founded in 1996, the Carolina Panthers are a professional football team based in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers compete in the National Football League (NFL in the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) South division against rivals like Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers play their home NFL games at the Bank of America Stadium in front of 75,000 football fans.
The Panthers played well in their first two years, finishing 7–9 in 1995 (an all-time best for an NFL expansion team’s first season) and 12–4 the following year, winning the NFC West before ultimately losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. They did not have another winning season until 2003, when they won the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32–29 to the New England Patriots. Reggie White, Bill Polian, and Kevin Greene are just a few of the NFL Hall of Famers to come through the organization.