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Hayden Hurst (81) of the Atlanta Falcons plays a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Ryan (1) during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium. The receiver missed cornerback Trayvon Mullen (11) and receiver Russell Gage (83) by a yard or more. Hayden Hur stumbles and breaks a pass intended for Russell Gage (83) for the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Jacob Tuioti - Mariner (91) faces Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (3) in the first half at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Atlanta Falcons forward Sterling Hodges is hit by New Orleans Saints running back Josh Jacobs, 23, in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Atlanta Falcons forward Sterling Hodges, right, of the Atlanta Falcons scores a 24-yard field goal against the Las Vegas Raiders at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the first half. Atlanta, Georgia, celebrates its victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, November 14, 2016.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (10) runs for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, November 14, 2016.
Fans showed their love for Michael Vick when he came to the Georgia Dome as an Eagles player in December 2009. The same player who was mercilessly booed as Eagles quarterback in 2009 at the Dome was cheered as he rode into the sunset on his way to a Super Bowl victory. Meanwhile, Vick took over for the Falcons and became the first opposing quarterback to win a postseason game at Lambeau since 2002.
The New Falcons lost their first nine games before beating the New York Giants 27-16 on November 20. Bennett led the Falcons to the playoffs and they recorded their second straight win and third playoff appearance in four years.
Atlanta would pull Matt Ryan the following year and even reach the playoffs, but serious damage had been done and the Falcons belonged back in Atlanta. Falcons fans believe they have found joy in the current offensive juggernaut around Matthew Ryan and Julio Jones. Atlanta will give us one last warning at the Georgia Dome on Sunday and Atlanta would draft Ryan even again, this time as a first-round pick.
The first problem, apart from the fact that the Falcons don't win, is that they compete because they're in the middle of the NFC South and they're competing to play a season under 500. This team is well coached and is a very good football team, but I challenge anyone who prepares for Atlanta.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will replace the Georgia Dome as the Atlanta Falcons' new home. The Falcons will play in a $1.5 billion stadium that will host the Super Bowl in 2019 and will surely be the driving force behind major events in Atlanta for decades to come. Neighborhoods like Kirkwood and Old Fourth Ward are heavily affected by gentrification, and the predominantly black area will soon be transformed. New neighborhoods like Buckhead, Peachtree - Dunwoody, Midtown, Southside, Ponce City Market, the Beltline and other neighborhoods are moving closer to home for the Falcons today.
After amassing an impressive 56-game winning streak in the 1998 Super Bowl and selling out only two games, the Falcons failed to sell one of those two games. An NFL record was set for the new team on Christmas Eve when it averaged a brief 54-day ticket sale that required almost no advertising. The Falcons have taken their playoff points with them, and four years ago they narrowly scraped past Superbowl XLVII.
We saw our local rap group rise to the top of the Billboard charts with "Bad & Boujee," saw their NFL team win a playoff home game, and saw them win the NFC West with a 14-2 record. Days later, we learned that we were going to host the first Super Bowl game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants. The National Football League awarded the city its 15th franchise in 1998, marking Atlanta's first attempt at a professional football team. They marched through the playoffs to win an NFC championship and earned a trip to Super Bowl XXXIII.
The following year, the team moved to the luxurious Georgia Dome, considered one of the most beautiful indoor stadiums. Atlanta was the first team to have a full-time training center and opened the complex in 1978 in a suburb of Suwanee.