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 Seattle Seahawks are coming off an 10-5-1 2016 NFL season. The Seahawks finished 1st in the NFC West, however, lost to the Atlanta Falcons 20-36 in their NFC divisional playoff game. The Seahawks are looking to improve on that playoff record for the 2017-18 NFL season.
Founded in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks are a professional football franchise based in Seattle, WA. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC West division against rivals Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and play their home games at the CenturyLink Field in front of 69,000 football fans. Seahawks fans have been referred to collectively as the “12th Man”, “12th Fan”, or “12s”. Over the years several notable players have been Seahawks, including Shaun Alexander, Brian Blades, Brian Bosworth, Dave Brown, Kenny Easley, Joey Galloway, Jacob Green, Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson, Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Dave Krieg, Steve Largent, Joe Nash, Marcus Trufant, Curt Warner, Jim Zorn, and Marshawn Lynch, as well as, for a brief time, Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Franco Harris, Warren Moon, John Randle, and Jerry Rice.