During the 2016 season, the Falcons looked to have the greatest team in their history wrapped up after being up 28-3 against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Instead of finishing the job, the Falcons collapsed and blew the Super Bowl, as Tom Brady and company rallied for the win.
That collapse has kept them off the list, and allowed the 1998 Falcons team to continue to be the best team in franchise history.
The Falcons’ regular season was filled with all sorts of success in going 14-2. The only two losses during the season came against the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets.
One notable game from the regular season came against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. The offense, led by running back Jamal Anderson, ran up the score putting up 51 points. Anderson rushed 31 times for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Chris Chandler started 14 games for the Falcons, throwing for 3,154 yards and 25 touchdowns. Chandler had 13 wins during the regular season, which was quite impressive for a quarterback who only had one other winning season before that point.
After Week 14 of the regular season, Falcons coach Dan Reeves needed quadruple bypass surgery. He ended up missing the last two weeks of the regular season, but the team continued to win under Rich Brooks.
The Falcons rolled into the playoffs with confidence, but they knew their first battle was going to be tough against the San Francisco 49ers. Atlanta held off a late charge and that was enough for a 20-18 victory.
The first win in the playoffs was impressive, but the NFC Championship game is really what made this team the best ever for the Falcons. The 1998 Minnesota Vikings offense was one of the best in NFL history as it was led by Randall Cunningham and Randy Moss. The Falcons scored a late touchdown to force overtime, with Morton Anderson nailing a kick in overtime to come away with the win.
The Super Bowl was one to forget for the Falcons, as their defense let them down big time by giving up 34 points on the way to a 15-point loss to the Denver Broncos.
The Falcons still don’t have that elusive Super Bowl victory, and until they do, it is going to be hard to knock off the 1998 Falcons team from the top spot as the best team in their history.