The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878.
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The Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League, the highest professional level of American football in the United States.
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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.
An expansion team is a brand new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area.
The American Football League was a major professional American football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the National Football League.
The AFL instead granted a franchise to Miami.
Miami is a seaport city at the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Florida and its Atlantic coast.
The Falcons are tied with the Dolphins for being the oldest NFL franchise in the Deep South, and are the oldest NFC team in that region.
In their 51 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 348–449–6, winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016.
Their only Super Bowl appearance was during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, when they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19.
Super Bowl XXXIII was an American football game played between the American Football Conference champion Denver Broncos and the National Football Conference champion Atlanta Falcons to decide the National Football League champion for the 1998 season.
The Falcons play their home games at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta.
The Georgia Dome is a domed stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, between downtown to the east and Vine City to the west.
Construction began on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in May 2014, with play projected to begin there during the 2017 season.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose retractable roof stadium under construction in Atlanta, Georgia that will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer.
Their headquarters and practice facilities are located at a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.