I can hardly believe it myself. Did I just type that headline?
For the second time in team history the Atlanta Falcons will play in the Super Bowl.
As I wrote in a previous post, it has never been easy to be a Falcons’ fan. To be a follower of the Falcons has meant many years of frustration with a few good years mixed in. This is one of those good years. I am enjoying it while it lasts.
The Falcons won their biggest game in the last game to be played in the Georgia Dome.
Even at halftime with a 24-0 lead, I couldn’t relax. I had hoped they would assume that no lead was safe with Aaron Rodgers. It wasn’t until the Green Bay Packers put in their backup quarterback late in the fourth quarter that I was finally able to breathe normally again. With Rodgers on the other team, you can never assume any lead is safe. I was glad it didn’t come down to another Hail Mary pass at the end.
What a difference a year makes.
This time last year, fans were torching Matt Ryan and Falcons’ Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shananan on Facebook. It was awful watching Ryan throw interceptions and opposing defensive backs return them for a touchdown. After opening up a 5-0 record last season, the Falcons crashed and burned with an 8-8 record. The bright spot of the season was when the Falcons handed the Carolina Panthers their only loss in the regular season. That game may have set the stage for the foundation for this season.
Quickly I looked up the biggest fourth quarter comeback in National Football League (NFL) history. Even then, I was still worried. I thought if anyone who could make NFL history it would be Rodgers. Thankfully it never happened. This game seemed to be destined to be in the Falcons’ favor. The game might have been closer had Packers’ receivers hadn’t dropped a handful of passes. So, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Rodgers had made headlines poking fun at the “fake” crowd noise the Falcons’ had gotten in trouble with in the past. Quite honestly, it didn’t seem like crowd noise was much of a factor. I was a little surprised that the fans weren’t louder but it might have been due to the fact that the game wasn’t close. Rodgers’ ego was loud enough as he could be seen complaining to the officials every time he was hit.
So now, the Falcons will play the most successful team in Super Bowl history when they face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in two weeks.
New England Patriots in the Super Bowl:
- XX lost to the Chicago Bears, 46-10.
- XXXI lost to the Green Bay Packers, 35-21.
- XXXVI defeated the St. Louis Rams, 20-17.
- XXXVIII defeated the Carolina Panthers, 32-29.
- XXXIX defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21.
- XLII lost to the New York Giants, 17-14.
- XLVI lost to the New York Giants, 21-17.
- XLIX defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.
Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl:
- XXXIII lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19.
The Patriots are playing in their 9th Super Bowl game in team history. That’s a lot of tradition that the Falcons will have to overcome.
So, now, I have two weeks to get my energy back and get ready for the big game.