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Atlanta Falcons
Established June 30, 1965; 56 years ago (June 30, 1965)
First season: 1966
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League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1966–present)

  • Eastern Conference (1966)
  • Western Conference (1967–1969)
    • Coastal Division (1967–1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970–present)
    • NFC West (1970–2001)
    • NFC South (2002–present)
Current uniform
Team colors Black, red, silver, white
Mascot Freddie Falcon
Owner(s) Arthur Blank
CEO Rich McKay
President Rich McKay
General manager Thomas Dimitroff
Head coach Dan Quinn
Team history
  • Atlanta Falcons (1966–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Dirty Birds
  • Grits Blitz (1977 defense)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (2)
  • NFC: 1998, 2016
Division championships (6)
  • NFC West: 1980, 1998
  • NFC South: 2004, 2010, 2012, 2016
Playoff appearances (14)
  • NFL: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 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).

In their 54 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 375–475–6 (365–461–6 in the regular season and 10–14 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, and the second was 18 years later, a 34–28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened for the 2017 season; the team's headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre (20 ha) site in Flowery Branch, northeast of Atlanta in Hall County.

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