Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
Current season
Established June 30, 1965 (June 30, 1965)[1]
First season: 1966
Play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Headquartered in Flowery Branch, Georgia
Atlanta Falcons logo
Atlanta Falcons wordmark
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1966–present)

Current uniform
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Team colorsBlack, red, silver, white[2][3][4]
MascotFreddie Falcon
Owner(s)Arthur Blank
CEORich McKay
PresidentRich McKay
Head coachArthur Smith
General managerTerry Fontenot
Team history
  • Atlanta Falcons (1966–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Dirty Birds
  • Grits Blitz (1977 defense)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (2)
Division championships (6)
Playoff appearances (14)
Home fields

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965[5] as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).

In their 55 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 379–487–6 (369–473–6 in the regular season and 10–14 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19,[6] and the second 18 years later, a 34–28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened for the 2017 season; the team's headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre (20 ha) site in Flowery Branch,[7] northeast of Atlanta in Hall County.

  1. ^ "Atlanta Falcons Team History". NFL Enterprises. Archived from the original on October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Atlanta Falcons go back to black, unveil new uniforms". NFL Enterprises, LLC. April 8, 2020. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (April 8, 2020). "Falcons unveil new uniforms, helmet ahead of 2020". NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on April 9, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Falcons Team Capsule". 2020 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book. NFL Enterprises, LLC. August 17, 2020. Archived from the original on August 19, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Rise Up: Team History" (PDF). 2017 Atlanta Falcons Media Guide. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Hubbuch, Bart (January 7, 2012). "Queens-born owner models Falcons after hometown team". New York Post. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Falcons Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility". Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2016.