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National Football League
National Football League
(1966–present)

Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967–1969)

Coastal Division (1967–1969)

National Football Conference
National Football Conference
(1970–present)

NFC West (1970–2001) NFC South (2002–present)

Current uniform

Team colors

Black, Red, Silver, White[2][3]                    

Mascot Freddie Falcon

Personnel

Owner(s) Arthur Blank

CEO Rich McKay

President Rich McKay

General manager Thomas Dimitroff

Head coach Dan Quinn

Team history

Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons (1966–present)

Team nicknames

The Dirty Birds Grits Blitz (1977 defense)

Championships

League championships (0)

Conference championships (2)

NFC: 1998, 2016

Division championships (6)

NFC West: 1980, 1998 NFC South: 2004, 2010, 2012, 2016

Playoff appearances (14)

NFL: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017

Home fields

Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
(1966–1991) Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
(1992–2016) Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
(2017–present)

The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons are a professional American football
American football
team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference
National Football Conference
(NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965[4] as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League
American Football League
(AFL). In their 51 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 350–450–6 (341–437–6 in the regular season and 9–13 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first being during the 1998 season in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
34–19,[5] and the second being a 34–28 overtime defeat by the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
LI. The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in time for the 2017 season; the team's headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.[6]

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 Professional football comes to Atlanta 1.2 1966–1977: Early struggles 1.3 1978–1989 1.4 1989–1996 1.5 1997–2000: The Dan Reeves
Dan Reeves
era 1.6 2001–2006 1.7 2007 1.8 2008–2014: The Mike Smith era

1.8.1 2008 1.8.2 2009 1.8.3 2010 1.8.4 2011 1.8.5 2012 1.8.6 2013 1.8.7 2014

1.9 2015–present: The Dan Quinn era

1.9.1 2015 1.9.2 2016 1.9.3 2017

2 Stadiums 3 Logo and uniforms 4 Rivalries

4.1 New Orleans Saints 4.2 Carolina Panthers

5 Statistics

5.1 Season-by-season records 5.2 Record vs. opponents 5.3 Single game records 5.4 Single season records 5.5 Career records

6 Players

6.1 Current roster 6.2 Pro Football Hall of Famers 6.3 Retired numbers 6.4 Ring of Honor 6.5 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 6.6 Starting quarterbacks 6.7 Draft history

7 Coaching staff

7.1 Head coaches 7.2 Current staff

8 Radio and television

8.1 Radio affiliates

8.1.1 Georgia 8.1.2 Alabama 8.1.3 Mississippi 8.1.4 South Carolina 8.1.5 Tennessee

9 See also 10 Notes and references 11 External links

Franchise history Further information: History of the Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons Professional football comes to Atlanta Professional football first came to Atlanta
Atlanta
in 1962, when the American Football League staged two preseason contests, with one featuring the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
vs. the Houston Oilers and the second pitting the Dallas Texans against the Oakland Raiders. Two years later, the AFL held another exhibition, this time with the New York Jets
New York Jets
taking on the San Diego Chargers. In 1965, after the Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
(then known simply as Atlanta
Atlanta
Stadium) was built, the city of Atlanta
Atlanta
felt the time was right to start pursuing professional football. One independent group which had been active in NFL exhibition promotions in Atlanta
Atlanta
applied for franchises in both the American Football League
American Football League
and the National Football League, acting entirely on its own with no guarantee of stadium rights. Another group reported it had deposited earnest money for a team in the AFL.[7] With everyone running in different directions, some local businessmen worked out a deal and were awarded an AFL franchise on June 7, 1965, contingent upon acquiring exclusive stadium rights from city officials. NFL Commissioner
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle, who had been moving slowly in Atlanta
Atlanta
matters, was spurred by the AFL interest and headed on the next plane down to Atlanta
Atlanta
to block the rival league's claim on the city of Atlanta.[4] He forced the city to make a choice between the two leagues. By June 30, the city picked Rankin Smith and the NFL. The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons franchise began on June 30, 1965, when NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
Pete Rozelle
granted ownership to 41-year-old Rankin Smith Sr. Smith, an Executive Vice President of Life Insurance Company of Georgia at the time, paid $8.5 million the highest price in NFL history at the time for a franchise.[4] Former commissioner Pete Rozelle and Smith made the deal in about five minutes and the Atlanta Falcons brought the largest and most popular sport to the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta
Atlanta
expansion franchise became the 15th NFL franchise, and they were awarded the first pick in the 1966 NFL draft as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds.[8] The Falcons drafted All-American linebacker Tommy Nobis from the University of Texas with the first pick of the draft, making him the first-ever Falcon. The league also held the 1966 NFL Expansion Draft six weeks later in which the Falcons selected unprotected players from existing franchises. Although the Falcons selected many good players in those drafts, they still were not able to win right away.[4] The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons Football Club received its nickname on August 29, 1965. Miss Julia Elliott, a school teacher from Griffin, Georgia, was singled out from many people who suggested "Falcons" as the nickname for the new franchise. Elliott wrote: "the Falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey. It is deadly and has a great sporting tradition."[9][10] 1966–1977: Early struggles The Falcons had their first season in 1966, and their first preseason game on August 1, 1966, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. Under head coach Norb Hecker they lost their first nine regular-season games in 1966 and secured their first victory on the road against the New York Giants. The team finished the 1960s with only 12 wins. The Falcons had their first Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
game in Atlanta
Atlanta
during the 1970 season, losing 20–7 to the Miami Dolphins. The only two winning seasons in this twelve-year period were 1971 and 1973. 1978–1989

The Falcons' defense taking on Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
quarterback John Elway during a 1985 game.

In the 1978 season, the Falcons qualified for the playoffs for the first time and won the Wild Card game against the Eagles 14–13. The following week, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
27–20 in the Divisional Playoffs. In the 1980 season, after a nine-game winning streak, the Falcons posted a franchise then-best record of 12–4 and captured their first NFC West division title. The next week, their dream season ended at home with a loss to the Cowboys 30–27 in the divisional playoffs. In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Falcons made the playoffs but lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 30–24. Falcons coach Leeman Bennett was fired after the loss. The team would then have losing seasons for the next eight years. 1989–1996 In 1989, the Falcons drafted cornerback Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders
in the first round, who helped them for the next four years, setting many records for the franchise. "Neon Deion" (a.k.a. "Prime Time") had a flashy appeal and helped bring media attention to one of the league's most anonymous franchises. Sanders was also famous for playing on major league baseball teams (the New York Yankees and the Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves) while simultaneously playing in the NFL.

The Falcons playing against the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
during a 1991 away game.

After defeating the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
in the NFC Wild Card game, the Falcons' 1991 season ended in a divisional playoff loss to the Washington Redskins. In 1991, the Falcons drafted Brett Favre
Brett Favre
as the thirty-third overall pick. During his rookie season, he played in two games where he amassed a record of 4 passing attempts with 0 receptions and 2 interceptions. The following February, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers. In 1992, the Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons opened a new chapter in their history moving into the newly constructed Georgia Dome, where the team has defeated all 31 other NFL teams at least during its time there. 1997–2000: The Dan Reeves
Dan Reeves
era In 1998, under recently acquired head coach Dan Reeves, quarterback Chris Chandler
Chris Chandler
and running back Jamal Anderson the "Dirty Bird" Falcons had their greatest season to date. On November 8, they beat the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
41–10, ending a streak of 22 losses at cold-weather sites. The team finished with a franchise-best 14–2 regular season record and the NFC West division championship. On January 17, 1999, the Falcons upset the top-seeded Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
in the NFC Championship Game
NFC Championship Game
30–27, in an exciting overtime victory. However, in their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, they lost 34–19 to the defending champion Denver Broncos in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIII. In the second game of the Falcons 1999 season, running back Jamal Anderson, who had been a key player in the Falcons' 1998 success, suffered a season-ending knee injury. The Falcons finished the season with a very disappointing 5–11 regular season record.[4] In 2000, the Falcons suffered through another horrendous season finishing 4–12 and once again missing the playoffs. 2001–2006 In the 2001 NFL draft, the Falcons orchestrated a trade with the San Diego Chargers, acquiring the first overall pick (which was used on quarterback Michael Vick) in exchange for wide receiver-return specialist Tim Dwight and the fifth overall pick (used on running back LaDainian Tomlinson). The Falcons finished the 2001 season with a record of 7–9 and missed the playoffs. Jessie Tuggle retired following 14 seasons in Atlanta. On December 6, 2001, Arthur M. Blank
Arthur M. Blank
reached a preliminary agreement with the Falcons' Taylor Smith to purchase the team. In a special meeting prior to Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVI in New Orleans on February 2, 2002, NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the purchase.[11] The 2002 season saw the Falcons return to the playoffs with a regular season record of 9–6–1, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was Vick's first year as the starter, and the team, with newly acquired running back Warrick Dunn, delivered the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
their first home playoff loss ever. A 20-6 loss to the Donovan McNabb-led Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
the following week, however, ended the Falcons' season. On March 19, 2003, the Falcons presented their new logo.[12][4] During the 2003 preseason Vick broke his leg and missed the first twelve games of the season. After losing 7 straight games, the decision was made to release head coach Dan Reeves. Wade Phillips
Wade Phillips
acted as interim coach for the final 3 games. Although the Falcons won 3 of their last 4 games after the return of Vick, they ended up with a 5–11 record that year. In 2004, a new head coach, Jim L. Mora, was hired and Vick returned for the full season. The Falcons went 11–5, winning their third division title and earning a first-round bye into the playoffs. In the divisional playoffs, the Falcons defeated the St. Louis Rams, 47–17, in the Georgia Dome, advancing to the NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Eagles, 27–10. The Falcons again fell short of achieving back-to-back winning seasons in 2005, going 8–8. In 2006, Michael Vick
Michael Vick
became the first quarterback in league history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, with 1,039. After finishing the season 7–9, however, coach Jim Mora was dismissed and Bobby Petrino, the University of Louisville's football coach, replaced him. Before the 2007 season began, Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after pleading guilty to charges involving dog fighting in the state of Virginia. On December 10, 2007, Vick received a 23-month prison sentence and was officially cut from the Atlanta
Atlanta
roster. 2007 Main article: 2007 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season For the 2007 season, the Falcons were forced to start Joey Harrington at quarterback. On December 11, 13 games into his first NFL season as head coach, Bobby Petrino
Bobby Petrino
resigned without notice to coach at the University of Arkansas, leaving the beleaguered players only a note in the locker room. Secondary Coach Emmitt Thomas was named interim coach for the final three games of the season on December 12. The Falcons ended the year with a dismal 4–12 record. 2008–2014: The Mike Smith era

Mike Smith

After the tumultuous and disappointing 2007 season, the Falcons made a number of moves, hiring a new General Manager and head coach, drafting a new starting quarterback, and signing a starting running back. On January 13, 2008, the Falcons named former Patriots director of college football scouting Thomas Dimitroff
Thomas Dimitroff
General Manager.[13] On January 23, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
defensive coach and former linebackers coach for the 2000 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champion Baltimore Ravens Mike Smith was named the Falcons' new head coach.[14] Chargers back-up RB Michael Turner agreed to a 6-year deal, $30 million deal on March 2.[15] On April 26, Matt Ryan (quarterback from Boston College) was drafted third overall in the 2008 NFL draft
2008 NFL draft
by the Falcons.[16] 2008 Main article: 2008 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season The Falcons finished the 2008 regular season with a record of 11–5, and the #5 seed in the playoffs.[17] On December 21, 2008, Atlanta beat the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
24–17 to clinch a wild card spot, earning a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Falcons would go on to lose in the wild-card round of the 2008 NFL playoffs
NFL playoffs
to the eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals, 30–24. Matt Ryan started all 16 games in his rookie season and was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.[18] First-year head coach Mike Smith was named 2008 NFL Coach of the Year. 2009 Main article: 2009 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season Although they failed to make the playoffs in 2009 the team rallied to win their final three regular season games to record back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20–10 in the final game of the season to improve their record to 9–7.[5] 2010 Main article: 2010 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season In 2010, with a regular season record of 13–3, the Falcons secured a third straight winning season, their fourth overall divisional title, and the top overall seed in the NFC playoffs; however, the Falcons were overpowered by the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLV champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs 48–21. The Falcons scored 414 points – the fifth-most in franchise history.[5] The team sent an NFL-high and franchise-best nine players to the 2011 Pro Bowl.[19] 2011 Main article: 2011 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season The Falcons made a surprise trade up with the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
in the 2011 NFL draft
2011 NFL draft
to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones
Julio Jones
sixth overall. In exchange, the Falcons gave up their first-, second- and fourth-round draft picks in 2011, and their first and fourth draft picks in 2012. Jones, along with teammates Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez
and Roddy White, have since been dubbed Atlanta's "Big Three" (based on their total number of reception yards).[20] On August 30, 2011, Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, who correctly predicted the 2011 Super Bowl, made his predictions for the 2011 season and picked the Falcons to defeat the San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
in the 2012 Super Bowl.[21] The Falcons finished the season at 10–6, securing the fifth seed after a Week 17 beatdown of Tampa Bay in which the Falcons pulled their starters after leading 42–0 just 23 minutes into the game. The Falcons then went on to play the New York Giants
New York Giants
in a 2011 NFC Wild Card Game at MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The first half was a defensive struggle, with the first points coming off of a safety by the Falcons, giving Atlanta
Atlanta
a 2–0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, though, Eli Manning
Eli Manning
connected with Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks
for a short touchdown pass to make it 7–2 Giants heading into the 2nd half. Then the Giants took control, as Manning threw for two more TD passes to Mario Manningham
Mario Manningham
and Nicks and the defense completed its shutout of the Falcons to give the New York Giants
New York Giants
the win, 24–2, and the Falcons their third straight playoff loss with Matt Ryan and Mike Smith.[22] After the season Defense Coordinator Brian VanGorder accepted a coaching job at Auburn University, and the offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey
Mike Mularkey
took the head coaching job in Jacksonville. 2012 Main article: 2012 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season Atlanta
Atlanta
exploded out of the gate, going a franchise best 8–0 and remaining the last unbeaten team in the NFL that year. Their hopes to get an undefeated season came to an end with a 27–31 loss to the division rival Saints. Julio Jones
Julio Jones
had a remarkable second year, grabbing 10 touchdowns and 1,198 yards. The Falcons finished the season 13–3, and clinched the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
in their first playoff game. Although they went down 28–27 with only 31 seconds left on the clock, Matt Ryan led the team to their first playoff victory, 30–28. It was the only playoff victory in the Mike Smith era. The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons then advanced to face the San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons seized control of the game early with a Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
field goal, a trio of Matt Ryan touchdown passes caught by Julio Jones
Julio Jones
and Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez
coupled with outstanding defensive play. By the end of the half, the score was 24–14. The tides of the game began to shift in the second half as the 49ers rallied back with a pair of Frank Gore touchdown runs. Atlanta's offense attempted to reply but were ultimately shut down by the 49er defense. A few series later, late in the 4th quarter with little time remaining, Atlanta
Atlanta
found themselves in a 4th and 4 situation at the 10-yard line. The Falcons needed just 10 more yards to secure victory and advance to their first Super Bowl berth in 14 years. Matt Ryan fired a pass to Roddy White
Roddy White
which was ultimately broken up by inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, resulting in a 28–24 defeat. 2013 Main article: 2013 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season Following the success of the previous season, the Falcons were an expected Super Bowl
Super Bowl
contender. However, injuries hampered the team's performance and the team finished the season 4–12. With that, the streak of consecutive winning seasons came to an end and Mike Smith had his first losing season as a head coach. Tony Gonzalez, in his final season in the NFL, was selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl
2014 Pro Bowl
as a starter representing Team Rice. Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, director of player personnel Les Snead departed the team to join the St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
and Dave Caldwell, assistant to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, left the team to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scott Pioli, former GM of the New England Patriots, was announced as the Falcons' new assistant GM. Mike Smith was given a one-year extension on his contract as head coach. The Falcons had the 6th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft
2014 NFL draft
with which they selected Jake Matthews, who played as offensive tackle for Texas A&M. 2014 Main article: 2014 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season Despite having another rough season, the Falcons still had an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the regular season. The Falcons hosted the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
in their regular season finale, with the winners clinching the NFC South division. Unfortunately, the Falcons lost in a 34–3 blowout as Matt Ryan threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and got sacked six times. The Falcons finished the season 6–10, marking the second consecutive losing season for the team.[23] The following day, Mike Smith was fired after seven seasons as head coach.[24] The Falcons would soon hire Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as the team's 16th head coach.[25] The Falcons had the 8th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft
2015 NFL draft
with which they selected Vic Beasley, a defensive end from Clemson University.[26] 2015–present: The Dan Quinn era 2015 Main article: 2015 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season

Dan Quinn

In February 2015, the team was investigated by the NFL for alleged use of artificial crowd noise in the Georgia Dome.[27] The Falcons lost a 2016 NFL Draft
2016 NFL Draft
selection as a result of the league's investigation.[28] Dan Quinn's first season saw a 5–0 start, the team's best start in four years. They would then struggle throughout the rest of the season by losing 8 of their last 11 games, resulting in an 8–8 record. They did, however, give the Panthers their only regular season loss. The Falcons used their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft
2016 NFL Draft
on safety Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
from the University of Florida. 2016 Main article: 2016 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season In the Falcons' 25th and final season in the Georgia Dome, Atlanta lost their Week 1 game to the Buccaneers 24–31. The Falcons would then win their next four including one over the Panthers, when the franchise set new records. Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards, and Julio Jones caught twelve passes for 300 yards. With a 41–13 thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
in Week 15, the Falcons improved to 9–5 and secured their first winning season since 2012. One week later, the Falcons defeated the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
and clinched their first NFC South division title since 2012. In their last regular season game at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints, and secured an 11–5 record and a first round bye. In the divisional round of the playoffs, Atlanta
Atlanta
defeated the Seahawks 36–20 in the Georgia Dome, and hosted their last game at the Dome against the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
in the NFC Championship Game
NFC Championship Game
on January 22, 2017. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44–21 to advance to Super Bowl LI as the NFC champions. Atlanta
Atlanta
was up 28–3 late in the third quarter, and the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
scored 31 unanswered points, with the last 6 in the first-ever overtime in the Super Bowl. The Patriots' 25-point comeback was the largest in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
history.[29] In 2016, the Falcons scored 540 points in the regular season, the seventh-most in NFL history, tied with the Greatest Show on Turf
Greatest Show on Turf
(the 2000 St. Louis Rams).[30] However, the Falcons defense gave up 406 points, 27th in the league.[31] 2017 Main article: 2017 Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons season The Falcons moved into their new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, this season. Their first game ever played at the new stadium was a preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The first regular season game at the new stadium was a rematch of the 2016–17 NFC Championship, with Atlanta
Atlanta
defeating Green Bay 34–23. Their first loss of the season was a 23–17 home defeat to the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
in week 4.[32] The team returned to the playoffs with a 10-6 record (albeit with a third-place finish in the NFC South). The Falcons defeated the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in the Wild Card round, but their 2017 season came to an end a week later in the Divisional Playoff round at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champion Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
15-10. Stadiums Main article: Mercedes-Benz Stadium The Falcons have called three stadiums home in their 51 years of existence, and its third home in their history opened in the late summer of 2017. The first was the Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, sharing with the Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
team until 1991. In 1992, the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
was built, and the Falcons played there from its opening to the 2016 season. The Dome has been frequently used for college football, including Georgia State football and college bowl games such as the Peach Bowl. In an effort to replace the aging Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
and potentially host a future Super Bowl, team owner Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
proposed a deal with the city of Atlanta
Atlanta
to build a new state-of-the-art stadium not far from where the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
is located. Blank will contribute $800 million and the city of Atlanta
Atlanta
will contribute an additional $200 million via bonds backed by the city's hotel/motel tax towards the construction of a retractable roof stadium. Blank will contribute additional money for cost overruns if it is needed. The team will provide up to $50 million towards infrastructure costs that weren't included in the construction budget and to retire the remaining debt on the Georgia Dome. In addition, Blank's foundation and the city will each provide $15 million for development in surrounding neighborhoods. Though the total cost of the stadium was initially estimated to be around $1 billion,[33] the total cost was revised to $1.5 billion according to Blank.[34] In March 2013, the Atlanta
Atlanta
City Council voted 11–4 in favor of building the stadium.[35] The retractable roof Mercedes-Benz Stadium broke ground in May 2014, and became the third home stadium for the Falcons and the first for the new Atlanta
Atlanta
United FC Major League Soccer club upon opening in 2017. Logo and uniforms

Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons uniform: 1971–1989

Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons uniform: 1997–2002

The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons' colors are red, black, silver and white.[36] When the team began play in 1966, the Falcons wore red helmets with a black falcon crest logo. In the center of the helmet was a center black stripe surrounded by two gold stripes and two white stripes. These colors represented the two college rival schools in the state of Georgia; rival schools Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
(white and gold) and the Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Bulldogs
(red and black). Although the gold was removed after several seasons, the white remains to this day. They wore white pants and either black or white jerseys. At first, the falcon crest logo was also put on the jersey sleeves, but it was replaced by a red and white stripe pattern four years later. They switched from black to red jerseys in 1971, and the club began to wear silver pants in 1978. A prototype white helmet was developed for the team prior to the 1974 season, but was never worn. In 1990, the uniform design changed to black helmets, silver pants, and either black or white jerseys. The numbers on the white jerseys were black, but were changed to red in 1997. (The red numerals could be seen on the away jerseys briefly in 1990.) Both the logo and uniforms changed in 2003. The logo was redesigned with red and silver accents to depict a more powerful, aggressive falcon, which now more closely resembles the capital letter F.[12] Although the Falcons still wore black helmets, the new uniforms featured jerseys and pants with red trim down the sides. The uniform design consisted of either black or white jerseys, and either black or white pants. During that same year, a red alternate jersey with black trim was also introduced. The Falcons also started wearing black cleats with these uniforms.[37] In 2004, the red jerseys became the primary jerseys, and the black ones became the alternate, both worn with white pants. In select road games, the Falcons wear black pants with white jerseys. The Falcons wore an all-black combination for home games against their archrivals, the New Orleans Saints, winning the first two contests (24–21 in 2004 and 36–17 in 2005), but losing 31–13 in 2006. The Falcons wore the all black combination against the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
for four straight seasons starting in 2004, With the last time being in 2007, losing 34–14. They wore the combination again in 2006, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
in Week 2. The Falcons won that game, 14–3. The Falcons also wore their all-black uniform in 2007 against the New York Giants, and in 2008 against the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
and against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(for the second time). In the 1980s, the Falcons wore their white uniforms at home most of the time because of the heat. When the Falcons started playing in a dome, the team switched to their dark uniforms for home games but have worn their white uniforms at home a few times since switching to the dome. It was announced at the 2009 state of the franchise meeting that the Falcons would wear 1966 throwback uniforms for a couple games during the 2009 season. The Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons wore 1966 throwback jerseys for two home games in 2009 – against the Carolina Panthers on September 20 and against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
on November 29. The Falcons won both of those games. They donned the throwbacks again for 2 games in 2010, against Baltimore and San Francisco, winning both of those games as well. Rivalries New Orleans Saints

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Main article: Falcons–Saints rivalry In every season except for their debut season, the Falcons have shared a division with the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
(first the NFC West, and now the NFC South). Over this time, a heated rivalry has developed between the two cities' franchises. Atlanta
Atlanta
leads the series 51–45. Carolina Panthers

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Main article: Falcons–Panthers rivalry In addition, the Falcons share a similar, yet smaller, rivalry with the Carolina Panthers, with both teams having been in the NFC West from the Panthers' founding in 1995 to the NFL realignment in 2002, where they have been in the NFC South since then. The Falcons lead the series 27–17. Statistics Season-by-season records Main article: List of Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons seasons Record vs. opponents Includes postseason records[38] Source:[39] Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Team W L T Percent Last result Last date Last locale Postseason

St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals 14 15 0 .483 W 38–19 November 27, 2016 Georgia Dome 0–1 postseason

Baltimore Ravens 2 3 0 .400 L 7–29 October 19, 2014 Baltimore, Maryland

Buffalo Bills 7 5 0 .583 L 17–23 October 1, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Carolina Panthers 28 18 0 .609 W 22-10 December 31, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Chicago Bears 13 14 0 .481 W 23–17 September 10, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati Bengals 5 8 0 .385 L 10–24 September 14, 2014 Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland Browns 3 11 0 .214 L 24–26 November 23, 2014 Georgia Dome

Dallas Cowboys 11 14 0 .440 W 27-7 November 12, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 0–2 postseason

Denver Broncos 6 8 0 .429 W 23–16 October 9, 2016 Denver, Colorado 0–1 postseason

Detroit Lions 13 24 0 .351 W 30-26 September 24, 2017 Detroit, Michigan

Green Bay Packers 14 15 0 .483 W 34–23 September 17, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 2–2 postseason

Houston Texans 2 2 0 .500 W 48–21 October 4, 2015 Georgia Dome

Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 2 14 0 .125 L 21–24 November 22, 2015 Georgia Dome

Jacksonville Jaguars 3 3 0 .500 W 23–17 December 20, 2015 Jacksonville, Florida

Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 L 28–29 December 4, 2016 Georgia Dome

San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 8 2 0 .800 L 30–33 (OT) October 23, 2016 Georgia Dome

St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams 29 47 2 .385 W 26–13 January 6, 2018 Los Angeles, California 2–0 postseason

Miami Dolphins 4 9 0 .308 L 17–20 October 15, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Minnesota Vikings 10 18 0 .357 L 9–14 December 3, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 1–1 postseason

New England Patriots 6 9 0 .400 L 7–23 October 22, 2017 Foxborough, Massachusetts 0–1 postseason

New Orleans Saints 51 46 0 .526 L 13–23 December 24, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1–0 postseason

New York Giants 12 11 0 .522 W 24–20 September 20, 2015 East Rutherford, New Jersey 0–1 postseason

New York Jets 7 5 0 .583 W 25–20 October 29, 2017 East Rutherford, New Jersey

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 7 7 0 .500 W 35–28 September 18, 2016 Oakland, California

Philadelphia Eagles 13 16 1 .450 L 10–15 January 13, 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1–2 postseason

Pittsburgh Steelers 2 13 1 .156 L 20–27 December 14, 2014 Georgia Dome

San Francisco 49ers 30 46 1 .396 W 41–13 December 18, 2016 Georgia Dome 1–1 postseason

Seattle Seahawks 7 10 0 .412 W 34–31 November 20, 2017 CenturyLink Field 2–0 postseason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 24 0 .510 W 24-21 December 18, 2017 Raymond James Stadium

Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 7 7 0 .500 W 10–7 October 25, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee

Washington Redskins 9 14 1 .396 W 25–19 (OT) October 11, 2015 Georgia Dome 0–1 postseason

Total 353 449 6 .441

10–12 (.455)

*Notes International Series

Single game records

Rushing: Michael Turner, 220 (September 7, 2008) Passing: Matt Ryan, 503 (October 2, 2016) Passing touchdowns: Wade Wilson, 5 (December 13, 1992) Receptions: William Andrews, 15 (September 15, 1981) Receiving yards: Julio Jones, 300 (October 2, 2016) Interceptions: Several Falcons, 2, most recently Robert Alford, 2 (October 2, 2016) Field goals: Norm Johnson, 6 (November 13, 1994) Total touchdowns: T. J. Duckett, 4 (December 12, 2004) and Michael Turner 4 (November 23, 2008) Points scored: T. J. Duckett, 24 (December 12, 2004) and Michael Turner, 24 (November 23, 2008) Sacks: Adrian Clayborn, 6 (November 13, 2017)

Single season records

Passing attempts: 651 Matt Ryan (2013) Passing completions: 439 Matt Ryan (2013) Passing yards: 4,944 Matt Ryan (2016) Passing touchdowns: 38 Matt Ryan (2016) Passing interceptions: 25 Bobby Hebert (1996) Completion percentage: 69.9 Matt Ryan (2016) Passing rating: 117.1 Matt Ryan (2016) Rushing attempts: 410 Jamal Anderson (1998) Rushing yards: 1,846 Jamal Anderson (1998) Rushing touchdowns: 17 Michael Turner (2008) Receiving catches: 136 Julio Jones
Julio Jones
(2015) Receiving yards: 1,871 Julio Jones
Julio Jones
(2015) Receiving touchdowns: 15 Andre Rison (1993) Quarterback
Quarterback
sacks: 16.5 John Abraham (2008) Pass interceptions: 10 Scott Case (1988) Field goal attempts: 40 Jay Feely
Jay Feely
(2002) Field goals made: 34 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
(2016) Points: 158 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
(2016) Total touchdowns: 17 Michael Turner (2008)

Career records

Passing attempts: 5,064 Matt Ryan (2008–present) Passing completions: 3,288 Matt Ryan (2008–present) Passing yards: 37,701 Matt Ryan (2008–present) Passing touchdowns: 240 Matt Ryan (2008–present) Passing interceptions: 141 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85) Passing rating: 93.6 Matt Ryan (2008–present) Rushing attempts: 1,587 Gerald Riggs
Gerald Riggs
(1982–88) Rushing yards: 6,631 Gerald Riggs
Gerald Riggs
(1982–88) Rushing yards by a QB: 3,859 Michael Vick
Michael Vick
(2001–2006)[40] Rushing touchdowns: 60 Michael Turner (2008–2012) Receiving catches: 808 Roddy White
Roddy White
(2005–2015) Receiving yards: 10,863 Roddy White
Roddy White
(2005–2015) Receiving touchdowns: 63 Roddy White
Roddy White
(2005–2015) Quarterback
Quarterback
sacks: 68.5 John Abraham (2006–2012) Pass interceptions: 39 Rolland Lawrence (1973–80) Field goal attempts: 224 Morten Andersen
Morten Andersen
(1995–2000, 2006–2007) Field goals made: 196 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
(2009–present) Points: 892 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
(2009–present) Total touchdowns: 63 Roddy White
Roddy White
(2005–2015) Pass interception return yards: 658 Rolland Lawrence (1973–80) Pass interception returned for touchdowns: 3 Deion Sanders (1989–1993) and Kevin Mathis (2002–2006) Punt return yards: 1,723 Allen Rossum
Allen Rossum
(2002–2006) Kickoff return yards: 5,489 Allen Rossum
Allen Rossum
(2002–2006) Longest punt: 75 John James (1972–1981) and Harold Alexander (1993–1994) Longest field goal: 59 Morten Andersen
Morten Andersen
(1995–2000, 2006–2007) and Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
(2009–present)

Players Current roster

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Quarterbacks

 9 Garrett Grayson  2 Matt Ryan  8 Matt Schaub

Running backs

26 Tevin Coleman 24 Devonta Freeman 25 Terrence Magee

Wide receivers

16 Reggie Davis 13 Devin Fuller 17 Marvin Hall 14 Justin Hardy 11 Julio Jones 12 Mohamed Sanu

Tight ends

89 Alex Gray 81 Austin Hooper 82 Logan Paulsen 85 Eric Saubert

Offensive linemen

76 Daniel Brunskill T 75 Jamil Douglas G 65 Brandon Fusco
Brandon Fusco
C 63 Ben Garland
Ben Garland
G 64 Sean Harlow G 67 Andy Levitre
Andy Levitre
G 51 Alex Mack
Alex Mack
C 70 Jake Matthews
Jake Matthews
T 68 Austin Pasztor T 74 Ty Sambrailo
Ty Sambrailo
T 73 Ryan Schraeder T 71 Wes Schweitzer
Wes Schweitzer
G

Defensive linemen

95 Jack Crawford DT 96 Martin Ifedi DE 77 Joey Ivie DT 97 Grady Jarrett
Grady Jarrett
DT 55 J'Terius Jones DE 98 Takkarist McKinley DE 50 Brooks Reed
Brooks Reed
DE 90 Derrick Shelby
Derrick Shelby
DE 93 Tani Tupou DT

Linebackers

44 Vic Beasley
Vic Beasley
OLB 59 De'Vondre Campbell
De'Vondre Campbell
OLB 45 Deion Jones
Deion Jones
MLB 42 Duke Riley OLB

Defensive backs

23 Robert Alford CB 37 Ricardo Allen
Ricardo Allen
FS 28 Justin Bethel
Justin Bethel
CB 38 Marcelis Branch FS 39 Deante Burton CB 36 Kemal Ishmael
Kemal Ishmael
SS 27 Damontae Kazee FS 41 Quincy Mauger SS 35 Leon McFadden CB 22 Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
SS 34 Brian Poole CB 21 Desmond Trufant
Desmond Trufant
CB 33 Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
CB

Special
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teams

 3 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant
K  5 Matt Bosher
Matt Bosher
P 47 Josh Harris LS

Reserve lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics Roster updated April 4, 2018 Depth chart • Transactions 57 Active, 0 Inactive → AFC rosters → NFC rosters

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Pro Football Hall of Famers

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Players

No. Name Position Tenure Year inducted

25 Tommy McDonald WR 1967 1998

29 Eric Dickerson RB 1993 1999

21 Deion Sanders CB 1989–1993 2011

56 Chris Doleman DE 1994–1995 2012

87 Claude Humphrey DE 1968–1978 2014

4 Brett Favre QB 1991 2016

5 Morten Andersen K 1995–2000 2006–2007 2017

Coaches

Name Position Tenure Year inducted

Norm Van Brocklin Head Coach 1968–1974 1971

Sanders and Humphrey are the only two players in the Hall of Fame that have been inducted based substantially on their service with the Falcons. Andersen spent eight of his 25 NFL seasons with the Falcons, and remains the team's all-time scoring leader, but he also played his first 13 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, also leading that team's career scoring list. Retired numbers

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No. Player Position Tenure

10 Steve Bartkowski QB 1975–1985

31 William Andrews RB 1979–1983, 1986

57 Jeff Van Note C 1969–1986

60 Tommy Nobis LB 1966–1976

Ring of Honor The Atlanta
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Falcons organization does not officially retire jersey numbers, but considers certain players' jerseys worthy of being honored. The Falcons Ring of Honor, which is featured in the rafters of the Georgia Dome, honors individual players.[41]

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No. Player Position Tenure Inducted

10 Steve Bartkowski QB 1975–1985 2004

21 Deion Sanders CB 1989–1993 2010

28 Warrick Dunn RB 2002–2007 2017

31 William Andrews RB 1979–1983, 1986 2004

42 Gerald Riggs RB 1982–1988 2013

57 Jeff Van Note C 1969–1986 2006

58 Jessie Tuggle LB 1987–2000 2004

60 Tommy Nobis LB 1966–1976 2004

78 Mike Kenn T 1978–1994 2008

87 Claude Humphrey DE 1968–1978 2008

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Falcons head coaches In their history, the Atlanta
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Falcons have had 15 head coaches.[42]

Coach Years Record Notes

Norb Hecker 1966–1968 4–26–1 (.129) Fired after three games in 1968.

Norm Van Brocklin 1968–1974 39–48–3 (.433) Fired after eight games in 1974.

Marion Campbell 1974–1976 6–19 (.240) Fired after five games in 1976.

Pat Peppler 1976 3–6 (.333) Interim head coach.

Leeman Bennett 1977–1982 46–41 (.529)

Dan Henning 1983–1986 22–41–1 (.344)

Marion Campbell 1987–1989 11–36 (.234) Retired after 12 games in 1989.

Jim Hanifan 1989 0–4 (.000) Interim head coach.

Jerry Glanville 1990–1993 27–37 (.422)

June Jones 1994–1996 19–29 (.396)

Dan Reeves 1997–2003 49–59–1 (.450)

Wade Phillips 2003 2–1 (.667) Interim head coach.

Jim Mora 2004–2006 26–22 (.542)

Bobby Petrino 2007 3–10 (.231) Resigned after 13 games to take over Arkansas Razorbacks.

Emmitt Thomas 2007 1–2 (.333) Interim head coach.

Mike Smith 2008–2014 66–46 (.589)

Dan Quinn 2015–present 19–13 (.594)

Current staff

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Owner/Chairman – Arthur Blank President/CEO – Rich McKay General Manager – Thomas Dimitroff Assistant General Manager – Scott Pioli Director of Pro Personnel – Joel Collier Director, Football Operations – Nick Polk Director of College Scouting – Steve Sabo National Scout – Ruston Webster National Scout – Phil Emery

Head Coaches

Head Coach – Dan Quinn Assistant Head Coach/Pass Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers – Raheem Morris Assistant to the Head Coach – Steve Scarnecchia

Offensive Coaches

Offensive Coordinator – Steve Sarkisian Quarterbacks – Greg Knapp Running Backs – Bernie Parmalee Tight Ends – Wade Harman Offensive Line – Chris Morgan Assistant Offensive Line – Kyle Flood Offensive Assistant – Dave Brock Offensive Assistant – Justin Outten Offensive Assistant - Chad Walker

Defensive Coaches

Defensive Coordinator – Marquand Manuel Pass Game Coordinator – Jerome Henderson Defensive Line – Bryant Young Linebackers – Jeff Ulbrich Secondary – Doug Mallory Defensive Assistant – Charlie Jackson Defensive Assistant – Jess Simpson

Special
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Teams Coaches

Special
Special
Teams Coordinator – Keith Armstrong Special
Special
Teams Assistant - Mayur Chaudhari

Strength and Conditioning

Head Strength and Conditioning – Jesse Ackerman Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jonas Beauchemin Assistnat Strength - Brandon Ireland

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Radio and television Falcons' flagship radio station is WZGC 92.9 The Game.[43] Wes Durham, son of longtime North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina Tar Heels
voice Woody Durham, is the Falcons' play-by-play announcer, with former Atlanta
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Falcons QB and pro football veteran, Dave Archer serving as color commentator. In 2014, The CW
The CW
owned-and-operated station WUPA
WUPA
became the official television station of the Falcons, gaining rights to its preseason games, which are produced by CBS Sports.[44] In the regular season, the team's games are seen on Fox's O&O affiliate WAGA. When the Falcons challenge an AFC team, CBS affiliate WGCL will air those games while Sunday night games are televised on WXIA, the local NBC affiliate. Radio affiliates

Map of radio affiliates.

Source:[45] Georgia

City Call sign Frequency

Albany WSRA-AM 1250 AM

Athens WRFC-AM 960 AM

Atlanta WZGC-FM 92.9 FM

Brunswick WSFN-AM 790 AM

Clarkesville WDUN-FM 102.9 FM

Columbus WDAK-AM 540 AM

WBOJ 1270 AM

Dalton WBLJ-AM 1230 AM

Douglas WDMG-AM 860 AM

Gainesville WDUN 550 AM

Griffin WKEU-AM 1450 AM

WKEU-FM 88.9 FM

Hogansville WVCC-AM 720 AM

Jesup WLOP-AM 1370 AM

WIFO-FM 105.5 FM

LaGrange WMGP-FM 98.1 FM

Louisville WPEH-AM 1420 AM

WPEH-FM 92.1 FM

Macon WMAC-AM 940 AM

Milledgeville WMVG-AM 1450 AM

Newnan WCOH-AM 1400 AM

Rome WATG-FM 95.7 FM

Sandersville WJFL-FM 101.9 FM

Savannah WSEG-AM 1400 AM

WSEG-FM 104.3 FM

Statesboro WPTB-AM 850 AM

Swainsboro WJAT-AM 800 AM

Thomaston WTGA-FM 101.1 FM

Toccoa WNEG-AM 630 AM

Valdosta WVGA 105.9 FM

Vidalia WVOP-AM 970 AM

Waycross WFNS-AM 1350 AM

Alabama

City Call sign Frequency

Foley WHEP-AM 1310 AM

Mississippi

City Call sign Frequency

Jackson WYAB-FM 103.9 FM

South Carolina

City Call sign Frequency

Clemson WCCP-FM 104.9 FM

Tennessee

City Call sign Frequency

Chattanooga WALV-FM 105.1 FM[46]

See also

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portal National Football League
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portal

Notes and references

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Falcons Media Guide. Atlanta
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Falcons. Retrieved June 6, 2017.  ^ a b c Hubbuch, Bart (January 7, 2012). "Queens-born owner models Falcons after hometown team". New York Post. Retrieved January 22, 2017.  ^ " Atlanta
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Falcons Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility". claycorp.com. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Atlanta
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Falcons Team History". Nflteamhistory.com. Retrieved September 3, 2012.  ^ "1966 NFL Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 27, 2008.  ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Atlanta
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Falcons. Retrieved August 5, 2016.  ^ "Franchise nicknames". Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 1, 2005. Retrieved August 5, 2016.  ^ " Arthur Blank
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buys Falcons from Smith family". December 17, 2001.  ^ a b "Falcons unveil new logo" (Press release). Atlanta
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Falcons. March 19, 2003. Archived from the original on June 23, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2016.  ^ " Atlanta
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Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff". atlantafalcons.com.  ^ "Coaches". atlantafalcons.com.  ^ "Recent news on Michael Turner – Unsigned Free Agent – Rotoworld.com". rotoworld.com.  ^ "2008 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-16.  ^ " Atlanta
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Falcons fire coach Mike Smith". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved March 21, 2015.  ^ Stites, Adam. "Dan Quinn named Atlanta
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