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Overview of the Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have struggled throughout their 47 year history. They have qualified for the playoffs on just eleven occasions. Their most successful season was in 1998, when they lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. The 00's was the most successful decade in franchise history, qualifying for the playoffs on five occasions.

Statistics Overview of the Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons entered the NFL in 1996. They are based in Atlanta and play their home games at the Georgia Dome, which they have done since 1992. They have never won a Super Bowl championship but won the NFC conference in 1998. The Falcons have won their division five times, with the most recent divisional title coming last season. Their franchise has qualified for the playoffs on twelve occasions and has a playoffs record of 7-12. Their regular season record is 312-402-6. The New Orleans Saints are their biggest rivals and the two sides have battled for NFC South supremacy in recent seasons.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1966
Stadium: Georgia Dome (1992- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 1 (1998)
Division Championships: 5 (1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012)
Playoff Appearances:: 12 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Overall Record: 316-414-6
Playoff Record: 7-12
Biggest Rivals: New Orleans Saints
Head Coach: Mike Smith
Legenday Players: Steve Bartkowski, Gerald Riggs, Roddy White, Mike Kenn

Atlanta Falcons: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan was the 3rd pick in the 2008 NFL draft. He was immediately given the starting quarterback role for the Atlanta Falcons and led the side to the playoffs in his debut season making him the first rookie quarterback to start all 16 regular-season games and make the playoffs. Ryan was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Falcons have never had a losing season since Ryan debuted as quarterback and have qualified for the playoffs on four occasions. Despite his regular season success Ryan has struggled in the playoffs, winning only one of five matches and only throwing for over 200 yards in a playoff game once. Ryan surpassed Steve Bartkowski on December 30 as the all-time franchise leader in passing yards.

Offensive Star: Harry Douglas

Harry Douglas was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of 2008 NFL Draft. After it was announced in October that Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones would be out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, Douglas stepped up to the plate. In 2013, Douglas caught 85 passes, totaling 1067 yards, making him the best receiving player of the season. He improved greatly on his performances in the last four years, and he just may be what the Falcons need to help them to glory in 2014.

Defensive Star: Desmond Trufant

Desmond Trufant was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Washington Huskies team from 2009 - 2012. As a senior he was a first-team All-Pacific-12 Conference selection. At the end of the 2012 season The Huskies were ranked 16th in the nation in pass defense. After it was announced in September that Kroy Biermann would miss the rest of the 2013 season due to a torn Achilles tendon, Trufant finished his rookie season a star with 70 tackles (55 solo 15 assist) and 17 passes defended. He exceeded expectations, ranked number 7 out of all cornerbacks in the league. If he can play that well in his rookie season, he is bound to improve in 2014 and prove successful for the Falcons.

Head Coach: Mike Smith

Mike Smith began his NFL coaching career as a defensive assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. He remained there for four seasons before scoring the defensive coordinator role at the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. Smith replaced Bobby Petrino as Falcons coach in 2008, after the franchises disastrous 2007 season, in which they won only four games. 2013 saw the consecutive winning seasons end and Mike Smith had his first losing season as head coach. Hopefully 2014 won't see the Falcons hampered by the same injuries, and they can get back to a winning season.

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