Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are an NFL football team based in Atlanta. They compete in the South Division of the National Football Conference. Since 2017, the team plays its home matches at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The headquarters and training facilities are located on a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

According to Forbes magazine, the Falcons are worth approximately $3.2 billion, twentieth among NFL franchises.

The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to prevent him from starting one in the rival American Football League (AFL). The AFL thus approved a franchise in Miami, Florida (the Miami Dolphins). In their 45 years of existence, they went 300–402–6, winning their divisions in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016, and making Super Bowl appearances in 1998 and 2016.

The Falcons made their NFL debut in 1966 and after nine straight losses won their first game against the New York Giants. In the 1960s, they won only 12 games, and their first successful season was in 1971. In the 1978 season, the Falcons qualified for their first playoffs, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round, 14–13. The following week they were eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys in a 27–20 loss.