The Atlanta Falcon's 2010 season is off to an exciting start. Third year Atlanta quarter back Matt Ryan has led the team to impressive wins in two of their first three games. Atlanta's defeat of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints last weekend has given Falcon fans plenty to cheer about.
Although the Falcons lost their first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, their next two games have been big wins. The Falcons outplayed the Arizona Cardinals in their 41-7 win on September 19. Last Sunday's 27-24 upset of New Orleans was accomplished with a Matt Bryant field goal in overtime. This was an impressive win on the road in the Superdome. The Falcons' next game will be against the San Francisco 49ers at home in the Georgia Dome.
The Atlanta Falcons joined the National Football League in 1966 as an expansion team. The Falcons played their first season at the brand new Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. After several dismal early seasons, the team had their first winning season in 1971. After several more disappointing seasons, the Falcons finally earned a spot in the playoffs in 1978. They made the playoffs again in 1980, finishing the regular season with a 12- 4 record, their best up to that point. The team struggled through more disappointing seasons for the next decade and a half, before finally having a breakout season in 1998. That year they won the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history, advancing to the Super Bowl. They suffered a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. In December 2001 Arthur Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, purchased the franchise. In 2008 and 2009 the Falcons finally achieved the first back to back winning seasons in franchise history.
Mike Smith is in his third season as the Falcons head coach. His strong coaching background includes eleven years in the NFL. He spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before his years in the NFL, Smith spent twelve years coaching college football at Tennessee Tech.
The Falcons have played their home games in the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta since 1992. The Dome has a seating capacity of over 71,000. Exciting new pregame activities this season are designed to encourage fans to arrive early and enjoy their game day experience. The Falcons have seven remaining home games this season.