Rise Up

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The new Mercedes-Benz stadium was just recently built and opened August 26, 2017. (Photo gathered by Emily Hailstone.)

Staff Writer: Charley Snyder

 

Today the Atlanta Falcons are a beloved franchise by many people that are fans of the NFL, and have recently shot up into the ranks of the best teams in professional football, having made it to the Super Bowl last season. But the Falcons have not always been one of the best teams, in fact out of all the 51 Super Bowls that have ever been played, the Falcons have never won one, and have only played in two. But how have the Falcons gone from being a treadmill team in the NFL to being on the brink of winning their first Super Bowl?

The Atlanta Falcons franchise was created in 1965, and had their first season in 1966. Out of their 51 years of being a franchise, the Falcons have won two conference championships, one in 1998, and one in 2016. They have also won six division championships, in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. But they are yet to win a Super Bowl, and are very close to breaking their drought.

The Falcons’ Super Bowl hunt started when they brought in the center piece of their offense, Matt Ryan. Ryan was drafted by the Falcons in 2008, and he was the third overall pick in the draft. Ryan is an experienced quarterback with a great arm and a

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The Falcons playing hard at their training camp last year. They will play their next game on October 22 against the Patriots. (Photo Gathered by Emily Hailstone

knack for bringing his team together and being a leader.
The next piece that the Falcons acquired, and the most feared part of the Falcons’ offense, was Julio Jones. Jones is an all-star wide receiver, and his name is always in the conversation when talking about the best receivers in the NFL.

In 2014, the Falcons drafter Devonta Freeman, another prime offensive player. Last season Freeman lead the NFL in touchdowns, and is proving his capability to be considered one of the best running backs in the game.

The last piece of the of the offense is Alex Mack, who previously played on the Cleveland Browns. Mack was acquired in 2016, and is the centerpiece of the offensive line, and is a great offensive mind as well.

With last year’s draft class for the Falcons consisting of great defensive players such as Keanu Neal and Deion Jones, the Falcons defense is only getting better. They are known for being young and fast, and Neal and Jones embody that idea.

With all of these pieces falling together for the Atlanta Falcons, they are on the verge of being the best team in the NFL, and finally being able to win their first Super Bowl.

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