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Atlanta Falcons
Current season
Established 1966
Play in Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
Headquartered in Flowery Branch, Georgia
Atlanta Falcons logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1966–present)

Current uniform
Team colors Red, Black, White, Silver


Mascot Freddie Falcon
Owner(s) Arthur Blank (90%)
State of Georgia (10%)
CEO Rich McKay
President Rich McKay
General manager Thomas Dimitroff
Head coach Mike Smith
Team history
  • Atlanta Falcons (1966–present)
League championships (0)

Conference championships (1)
  • NFC: 1998
Division championships (5)
  • NFC West: 1980, 1998
  • NFC South: 2004, 2010, 2012
Playoff appearances (12)
NFL: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Home fields
  • Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966–1991)
    • known as Atlanta Stadium (1966–1976)
  • Georgia Dome (1992–present)
  • New Falcons Stadium (proposed) (estimated)

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are a member of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons play their home games at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta, but construction is likely to begin in 2014 on a new stadium with play beginning in the 2017 season. Their headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.[1] The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965[2] 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). The AFL instead granted a franchise to Miami, Florida (the Miami Dolphins). In their 47 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 312–402–6 with division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2012. Their only Super Bowl appearance was during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Over the past five years, the Falcons, under General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, Head Coach Mike Smith, and Quarterback Matt Ryan, have been one of the best franchises in the NFC. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Falcons have recorded five consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. They led the NFC in number of wins during that period with 57. Mike Smith’s 56–24 regular-season record in that span is the fifth-best in the league.[3] The Falcons had the NFL's second best winning percentage at home during the period of 2008 to 2010 with a .833 percentage. The Falcons have qualified for the playoffs four times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) during this period, losing the first three, but won their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, which was their first playoff victory since 2005.[4]

They are tied with the Dolphins (who also began play in 1966) for being the oldest NFL franchise in the Deep South, and are the oldest NFC team in said region.


The Atlanta Falcons Football Team is owned by business man Arthur Blank, and eight limited partners.[5] Arthur Blank who purchased the team on February 2002 owns 90% of the franchise and the eight limited partners own the remaining 10% of the franchise.[6][7]

Limited Partners

The limited partners are individuals who have invested in the team since 2002 under Blank’s ownership. The current limited partners are Ronald E. Canakaris; Warrick Dunn; Douglas J. Hertz; John P. Imlay, Jr.; Ed Mendel; Derek V. Smith; John A. Williams and Brian J. Barker.

Board of Advisers

The Atlanta Falcons Adviser Board is made up of eleven members: Arthur M. Blank, Henry L. “Hank” Aaron, Steve Bartkowski, Glenda Hatchett, David E. Homrich, Felker W. Ward, Jr., Carl Ware, Bill Bolling, Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Ingrid Saunders Jones and Andrew Young (Ambassador).

Executive Committee

As of 2011 the Atlanta Falcons Executive Committee consisted of ten people: Arthur Blank, Owner and Chairman; Rich McKay, President & CEO; Thomas Dimitroff, General Manager; Kim Shreckengost, Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff for AMB Group, LLC; Greg Beadles, Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer; Jim Smith, Chief Marketing Officer; Danny Branch, Vice President of Information Technology; Dave Cohen, Vice President of Sales and Service; Reggie Roberts, Vice President of Football Communications and Tim Zulawski, VP of Sponsorship Sales and Service.

Franchise history

In 1965, after a stadium (Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium), was built, the city of Atlanta felt the time was right to start pursuing professional football. One independent group which had been active in NFL exhibition promotions in Atlanta applied for franchises in both the American Football League and the NFL, 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.[8]

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 Pete Rozelle, who had been moving slowly in Atlanta matters, was spurred by the AFL interest and headed on the next plane down to Atlanta to block the rival league's claim on the city of Atlanta.[2] 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 Falcons franchise began on June 30, 1965 when NFL Commissioner 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 1965 for an NFL franchise.[2] 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 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.[9] 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.[2]

The 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 Georgia NFL franchise. She 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."[10]

Notable Seasons

1966 – 1977: The Beginning

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 game in Atlanta during the 1970 season. The 1971 season was their first with a winning record.

1978 – 1980: The Playoffs

In the 1978 season, the Falcons qualified for the playoffs for the first time and won the Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles 14–13. The following week, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 27–20 in the Divisional Playoffs.

In 1980, 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.


In 1989, the Falcons drafted CB 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 Braves) while simultaneously playing in the NFL.

1991 – 1992

The Falcons' 1991 season ended in a divisional playoff loss to the Washington Redskins. In 1991, the Falcons drafted Brett Favre as the thirty-third overall pick. During his rookie season, he played in two games where he amassed a record of 5 passing attempts with 0 receptions and 2 interceptions. The following February, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers.

In 1992, the Atlanta Falcons opened a new chapter in their history moving into the newly constructed Georgia Dome.

1997 – 2000: The Dan Reeves Era


In 1998, under recently acquired head coach Dan Reeves, quarterback 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 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 18, 1999, the Falcons upset the top-seeded Vikings at Minnesota in the 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 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.[2]


In 2000, the Falcons suffered through another horrendous season finishing 4–12 and once again missing the playoffs.

2001 – 2006: The Michael Vick era

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. Longtime fan favorite LB Jessie Tuggle retired following 14 seasons in Atlanta. On December 6, 2001, Arthur M. Blank, the co-founder and retired co-chairman of Atlanta-based Home Depot, reached a preliminary agreement with the Falcons’ Taylor Smith to purchase the team. In a special meeting prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on February 2, 2002, NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the purchase.[11]


The Atlanta Falcons began the Arthur Blank era of ownership with a 9–6–1 record and a berth in the playoffs as a Wild Card participant. Blank helped resurrect the excitement in the Georgia Dome with added value to the fans with increased tailgating, parking, and entertainment and lower ticket prices. Every game during the 2002 season was sold out. After beginning the season at 1–3, head coach Dan Reeves and quarterback Michael Vick led the Falcons to an NFL-best eight-game unbeaten streak (7–0–1). The Falcons finished off the season with a team-record 23 rushing touchdowns and a franchise-best eight games with 30 or more points. Linebacker Keith Brooking set a Falcons career-high with 212 total tackles.

Vick saw minimal playing time in 2001, playing backup and learning the system under then-starting quarterback Chris Chandler, and was designated starting quarterback for the 2002 season. The 2002 season was the Falcons' first in the more geographically-accurate NFC South upon NFL realignment. In 2002, Vick set many records and supplied the media with numerous highlights for the season, including rushing for 173 yards in an overtime win at Minnesota, the highest ever single-game rushing total for an NFL quarterback (surpassed only in post-season play by Colin Kaepernick in 2013—Vick's footwear from this game are currently enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame). The Falcons became the first team in NFL history to claim a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, beating them 27–7.[12][13] Their season ended with a loss to Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles 20–6 in the NFC divisional playoffs.[2] Michael Vick and Keith Brooking were elected to the NFC Pro Bowl for their performances in the 2002 regular season.[14]


On March 19, 2003, the Falcons presented their new logo.[15] During the 2003 preseason Michael 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 acted as interim coach for the final 3 games. Although the Falcons won 3 of their last 4 games after the return of Michael Vick, they ended up with a dismal 5–11 record that year.


In 2004, a new head coach, Jim L. Mora, was hired and Michael 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, 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 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 roster.

2007: The Lost Year

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 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 – Present: Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era

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 General Manager.[16] On January 23, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coach and former linebackers coach for the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens Mike Smith was named the Falcons' new head coach.[17] Chargers back-up RB Michael Turner agreed to a 6-year deal worth $30 million on March 2.[18] On April 26, Matt Ryan (quarterback from Boston College) was drafted third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Falcons.


The Falcons finished the 2008 regular season with a record of 11–5, and the #5 seed in the playoffs.[19] On December 21, 2008, Atlanta beat the 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 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.[20] First-year head coach Mike Smith was named 2008 NFL Coach of the Year.


The Atlanta Falcons hold the record among all major American sports leagues for the longest streak of seasons without consecutive winning seasons, a streak that lasted from 1966–2008. Although they failed to make the playoffs in 2009, the streak ended when 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 20–10 in the final game of the season to improve their record to 9–7.[4]


In 2010, with a regular season record of 13–3, their best regular season record since the 1998 Super Bowl season, 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 XLV champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs 48–21. The Falcons scored 414 points – third-most in franchise history in 2010.[4] The Falcons 2010–2011 team sent an NFL-high and franchise-best nine players to the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.


Main article: 2011 Atlanta Falcons season

The Falcons made a surprise trade up with the Cleveland Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Alabama wide receiver 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 and Roddy White, have since been dubbed Atlanta's "Big Three" (based on their total number of reception yards).[21] 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 in the 2012 Super Bowl.[22] 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 twenty-three minutes into the game.

The Falcons then went on to play the New York Giants in a 2011 NFC Wild Card Game at 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 a 2–0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, though, Eli Manning connected with 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 and Nicks and the defense completed its shutout of the Falcons to give the New York Giants the win, 24–2, and the Falcons their third straight playoff loss with Matt Ryan and Mike Smith. After the season Defense Coordinator Brian VanGorder accepted a coaching job at Auburn University, and the offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey took the head coaching job in Jacksonville.


Main article: 2012 Atlanta Falcons season

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 New Orleans Saints. Julio Jones had a remarkable second year, grabbing ten 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 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 first playoff victory in the Mike Smith era.

The Atlanta Falcons then advanced to face the San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons seized control of the game early with a Matt Bryant field goal, a trio of Matt Ryan touchdown passes caught by Julio Jones and 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 found themselves in a 4th and 7 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 nearly 15 years. Matt Ryan fired a pass to Roddy White which was ultimately broken up by outside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, resulting in a 28–24 defeat.

Logo and uniforms

When the team debuted 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 2 gold stripes and 2 white stripes. These colors represented the two college rival schools in the state of Georgia; rival schools Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (White and Gold) and the Georgia Bulldogs (Red and Black) Although the gold was later taken out, 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.[23] (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.[24] 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.

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 for 4 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 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 and against the 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 Falcons wore 1966 throwback jerseys for 2 home games in 2009 – against the Carolina Panthers on September 20 and against the 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.

Training Facilities

The Falcons 78,000 square foot headquarters and training facilities or located on a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Ga.,[25] the complex which was one of the first of its kind was completed in 1999.[26][27] The Falcons’ corporate offices, state-of-the-art training and locker room facilities, a 140-seat auditorium and associated meeting rooms, are located in the two-story headquarters. The site has a 90,000-square foot heated indoor practice facility, Three outdoor NFL natural turf football fields that feature an immediate gravity drainage system, and a complete kitchen and dining facilities for team meals.[27] The rooms are custom designed to fit NFL players. Most of the first floor ceilings are very high and, they have over sized doorways and expansive halls. The seats in the auditorium are very large. Executive, coach and administrative support staff offices are located on the second floor and share a view of the outdoor practice field. There is a sophisticated security system with highly sensitive motion detectors, remote cameras, and the latest in card readers and key pad security locks bind the campus. The dominant exterior finish, is red brick and it showcases a green metal roof system with large overhangs. The centralized glass entry and 2-story main lobby provide elegant but an economical welcome.

In 2005, owner Arthur Blank's $10 million investment in the facility's upgrade gave the players a more relaxing environment and, introduced its players to a training-camp style unlike few in the NFL had seen before.[28] The upgrades featured:

  • Five dormitory-style units for players, coaches and administration.
  • Each housing unit has living space that includes individual bedrooms, a common area, kitchen, and two bathrooms.
  • Amenities building equipped with pool tables, a video room complete with a big screen television, and a large leisure area.
  • The five dormitories are just beyond the practice fields for easy access for players and coaches to the locker room, meeting rooms and offices.


Season-by-season records

Record vs. opponents

Includes postseason records[29]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Team W L T Percent Last result Last date Last locale Postseason
St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals 12 14 0 .462 L 13–27 November 18, 2012 Atlanta 0–1 postseason
Baltimore Ravens 2 2 0 .500 W 26–21 November 11, 2010 Atlanta
Carolina Panthers 23 13 0 .639 L 10–34 December 3. 2012 Charlotte
Cleveland Browns 3 10 0 .231 W 20–10 October 10, 2010 Cleveland
Dallas Cowboys 9 14 0 .391 W 45–13 November 4, 2012 Atlanta 0–2 postseason
Denver Broncos 5 8 0 .385 W 27–21 September 17, 2012 Atlanta 0–1 postseason
Detroit Lions 12 23 0 .343 W 31–18 December 22, 2012 Detroit
Green Bay Packers 12 13 0 .480 L 14–25 October 9, 2011 Atlanta 1–2 postseason
Houston Texans 1 2 0 .333 L 10–17 December 4, 2011 Houston
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 2 13 0 .133 W 31–7 November 6, 2011 Indianapolis
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 3 0 .400 W 41–14 December 15, 2011 Atlanta
Kansas City Chiefs 3 5 0 .375 W 40–24 September 9, 2012 Kansas City
Miami Dolphins 4 8 0 .333 L 23 – 27 September 22, 2013 Miami
Minnesota Vikings 10 15 0 .400 W 24–14 November 27, 2011 Atlanta 1–1 postseason
New England Patriots 6 7 0 .461 L 23–30 September 29, 2013 Atlanta
New Orleans Saints 46 41 0 .529 L 13–17 November 29, 2012 Atlanta 1–0 postseason
New York Giants 11 10 0 .524 W 34–0 December 16, 2012 Atlanta 0–1 postseason
New York Jets 6 4 0 .600 L 28–30 December 20, 2009 East Rutherford
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 6 7 0 .462 W 23–20 October 14, 2012 Atlanta
Philadelphia Eagles 12 15 1 .446 W 30–17 October 28, 2012 Philadelphia 1–2 postseason
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 12 1 .167 L 9–15 (OT) September 12, 2010 Pittsburgh
San Diego Chargers 8 1 0 .889 W 27–3 September 23, 2012 San Diego
San Francisco 49ers 29 44 1 .399 L 24–28 January 20, 2013 Atlanta 1–1 postseason
Seattle Seahawks 5 8 0 .385 L 10–33 January 13, 2013 Atlanta 1–0 postseason
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 27 47 2 .378 W 31–24 September 15, 2013 Atlanta 1–0 postseason
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 20 0 .500 L 28–41 October 20, 2013 Atlanta
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 6 7 0 .462 W 23–17 November 20, 2011 Atlanta
Washington Redskins 7 14 1 .341 W 24–17 October 7, 2012 Washington 0–1 postseason
Total 313 402 6 .438 7–12 (.368)

Single game records

  • Rushing: Michael Turner, 220 9/7/2008
  • Passing: Chris Chandler, 431 12/23/2001
  • Passing Touchdowns: Wade Wilson, 5 12/13/92
  • Receptions: William Andrews, 15 09/15/1981
  • Receiving Yards:Roddy White, 210 10/11/09
  • Interceptions:Several Falcons, most recently William Moore, 2 11/29/2012
  • Field Goals:Norm Johnson, 6 11/13/1994
  • Total Touchdowns: T.J. Duckett, 4, 12/12/2004 & Michael Turner 4, 11/23/08
  • Points Scored:T.J. Duckett, 24, 12–12–04 & Michael Turner, 24, 11/23/2008
  • Sacks: Chuck Smith, 5, 10/12/97

Single season records

Career records

  • Passing Attempts: 3,329 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85)
  • Passing Completions: 1,870 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85)
  • Passing Yards: 23,468 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85)
  • Passing Touchdowns: 154 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85)
  • Passing Interceptions: 141 Steve Bartkowski (1975–85)
  • Passing Rating: 90.9 Matt Ryan (2008–present)
  • Rushing Attempts: 1,587 Gerald Riggs (1982–88)
  • Rushing Yards: 6,631 Gerald Riggs (1982–88)
  • Rushing Yards by a QB: 3,859 Michael Vick (2001–2006)[30]
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 60 Michael Turner (2008–2012)
  • Receiving Catches: 622 Roddy White (2005–present)
  • Receiving Yards: 8,725 Roddy White (2005–present)
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 57 Terance Mathis (1994–2001)
  • Quarterback Sacks: 68.5 John Abraham (2006–2012)
  • Pass Interceptions: 39 Rolland Lawrence (1973–80)
  • Field Goal Attempts: 224 Morten Andersen (1995–2000, 2006–2007)
  • Field Goals Made: 184 Morten Andersen (1995–2000, 2006–2007)
  • Points: 806 Morten Andersen (1995–2000, 2006–2007)
  • Total Touchdowns: 61 Michael Turner (2008–2012)
  • 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 (2002–2006)
  • Kickoff Return Yards: 5,489 Allen Rossum (2002–2006)
  • Longest Punt: 75 John James (1972–1981) and Harold Alexander (1993–1994)

Players of note

Current roster


Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

  •  5 Matt Bosher P
  •  3 Matt Bryant K
  • 47 Josh Harris LS
Reserve lists
  • 71
  • 34 Bradie Ewing FB (IR)
  • 79
  • 11
  • 26 Saeed Lee CB (IR)
  • 82 Adam Nissley TE (IR)
  • 12 Sean Renfree QB (IR)
  • 85 Andrew Szczerba TE (IR)
  • 56

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 23, 2013

53 Active, 9 Inactive, 8 Practice Squad

More rosters

Pro Football Hall of Famers

  • 21 Deion Sanders, CB, played for team from 1989–1993, inducted in 2011

Sanders is the only player in the Hall of Fame that has been inducted based substantially on his service with the Falcons; however, three inductees played briefly and one coached for the Falcons during their careers:

"Ring of Honor"

The Atlanta Falcons organization does not officially retire jersey numbers; however in 2004, they began the "Ring of Honor" which honors specific players the same way as retiring numbers.[31]

Number Player Position Years played
10 Steve Bartkowski QB 1975–1985
21 Deion Sanders CB 1989–1993
31 William Andrews RB 1979–1983, 1986
42 Gerald Riggs RB 1982–1988
57 Jeff Van Note C 1969–1986
58 Jessie Tuggle LB 1987–2000
60 Tommy Nobis LB 1966–1976
78 Mike Kenn T 1978–1994
87 Claude Humphrey DE 1968–1978

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

  • 60 Tommy Nobis, LB, 1966–1976
  • 87 Claude Humphrey, DE, 1968–1978
  • 57 Jeff Van Note, C, 1969–1986
  • Marion Campbell, Head Coach, 1974–1976, 1987–1989 (also former University of Georgia player)
  • 84 Alfred Jenkins, WR, 1975–1983
  • 31 William Andrews, RB, 1979–1983, 1986
  • Dan Reeves, Head Coach, 1997–2003 (also Georgia native)

Coaches of note

Head coaches

In their history, the Atlanta Falcons have had 15 head coaches.[32]

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) Fired after 13 games in 2003.
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–Present 56–24 (.700)

Current staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Dirk Koetter
  • Quarterbacks – Glenn Thomas
  • Running Backs – Gerald Brown
  • Wide Receivers – Terry Robiskie
  • Tight Ends – Chris Scelfo
  • Offensive Line – Pat Hill
  • Assistant Offensive Line – Paul Dunn
  • Offensive Assistant – Andrew Weidinger
  • Assistant to the Head Coach/Offense – Devin Bonik
  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Keith Armstrong
  • Assistant Special Teams – Eric Sutulovich

Strength and Conditioning

  • Director of Athletic Performance – Jeff Fish
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jonas Beauchemin
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – A. J. Neibel

Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs

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Radio and television

As of 2011, the Falcons' radio flagship station is WSTR Star 94 FM, and WQXI 790 AM "The Zone", previously held since 2006 by WZGC 92.9 "Dave FM." [35][36] Wes Durham, voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and son of longtime North Carolina Tar Heels voice Woody Durham, is the Falcons' play-by-play announcer. Preseason games not shown nationally television (except NBC-aired games) are seen on NBC affiliate WXIA, also known as "11 Alive." In 2008, preseason games aired on WATL-TV due to WXIA's commitment to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Both stations are owned by Gannett Company.

Fox affiliate WAGA-TV aired most preseason games through the 2004 season. WAGA continues to have a relationship with the Falcons as their primary broadcaster of regular season games (serving in this capacity since the Falcons started play), which dates back to when WAGA was a CBS affiliate and the NFL/NFC games were on CBS. WATL aired most Falcons games in 1994, as WAGA did not switch to Fox until December 1994.

Atlanta Falcons fans are more prevalent in western North Carolina due to the fact the Carolina Panthers only existed since 1996. Historically, they can be found generally west of Interstate 26 from Asheville to Murphy. East of Interstate 26 is considered a neutral zone, but the majority are Carolina Panthers fans.

Radio Affiliates

Falcons Radio Affiliates


City Call Sign Frequency
Albany WSRA-AM 1250 AM
Athens WRFC-AM 960 AM
Atlanta WQXI-AM 790 AM
Atlanta WSTR-FM 94.1 FM
Augusta WRDW-AM 1630 AM
Brunswick WSFN-AM 790 AM
Clarkesville WDUN-FM 102.9 FM
Columbus WDAK-AM 540 AM
Columbus WSHE 1270 AM
Dalton WBLJ-AM 1230 AM
Douglas WDMG-AM 860 AM
Gainesville WDUN 550 AM
Griffin WKEU-AM 1450 AM
Griffin WKEU-FM 88.9 FM
Hogansville WVCC-AM 720 AM
Jesup WLOP-AM 1370 AM
Jesup WIFO-FM 105.5 FM
LaGrange WMGP-FM 98.1 FM
Louisville WPEH-AM 1420 AM
Louisville 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
Savannah 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 WJEM-AM 1150 AM
Valdosta WJEM-FM 96.1 FM
Vidalia WVOP-AM 970 AM
Waycross WFNS-AM 1350 AM


City Call Sign Frequency
Birmingham WEZZ-FM 97.3 FM
Foley WHEP-AM 1310 AM


City Call Sign Frequency
Jacksonville WWJK 107.3 FM


City Call Sign Frequency
Jackson WYAB-FM 103.9 FM

South Carolina

City Call Sign Frequency
Charleston WTMZ-AM 910 AM
Clemson WCCP-FM 104.9 FM


City Call Sign Frequency
Chattanooga WDEF-AM 1370 AM


City Call Sign Frequency
Lynchburg WBRG-AM 1050 AM
Lynchburg WBRG-FM 104.5 FM

Public interest initiatives

A delegation from the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, on January 26, 2009 traveled to the Guantánamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba, to sign autographs, and enhance the troops' morale.[37] While there,[38] the cheerleaders toured the detention camps' hospital, and Camp IV,[39] Camp V,[40] & Camp VI.[41]

See also

  • Atlanta portal
  • National Football League portal

Notes and references

External links

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